Quick Service Guide 430
First-Class Mail—Presorted Parcels
Physical Standards (401)
Maximum weight: 13 ounces.
For an overview of the physical standards for discount parcels, see Quick
Service Guide 401.
Rates and Fees (433.1)
1. A $0.058 nonmachinable surcharge may apply.
Annual $160.00 presort mailing fee.
First-Class Mail is required for personal correspondence, handwritten
or typewritten material, and bills or statements of account. It may
also be used for any mailable item including advertisements and lightweight
Eligibility Standards (433.3)
Mailings of 500 or more addressed pieces, sorted and marked as described
below. All pieces must meet the physical standards for parcels (401).
Each piece must include a complete delivery address with correct ZIP
Code or ZIP+4 code.
Addresses on all pieces must be updated within 185 days before mailing
through a USPS-approved address update method (e.g., ACS, NCOALink,
FASTforward, or the appropriate ancillary service endorsement under
507.1). For an
overview of the First-Class Mail Move Update standard, see Quick
Service Guide 230a.
A certified process must be used at least once a year to ensure accuracy
of 5-digit ZIP Codes.
Postage Payment and Documentation (434)
Precanceled stamp (604.3), meter
(604.4), or permit imprint (604.5).
Additional standards apply to mailings of nonidentical-weight pieces.
- Postage statement: Form 3600-R.
- Supporting documentation: required unless correct rate is affixed
to each piece, or unless each piece is of identical weight
and separated by rate when presented for acceptance; documentation
PAVE-certified software (or printed in standardized format).
Mail Preparation (435)
Marking on each piece in the postage area: "PRESORTED (or PRSRT)
FIRST-CLASS." For optional locations, see 402.2.1.
See 435.2 for bundling of parcels up to 1/2 inch thick that exceed
any one dimension of flat-size mail (301.2).
See reverse for preparation and labeling.
Enter and Deposit (436)
Mailing entered at an acceptance point designated by USPS.
For the specific DMM standards applicable to this category of mail,
consult the DMM sections referenced above and the general sections
Sequence for Pieces 1/2 Inch Thick or Thicker (435.5)
if 10 or more pounds of pieces to same 5-digit ZIP Code;
less than 10 pounds in a sack not permitted.
Labels: For Line 1, use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code
if 10 or more pounds of pieces to same 3-digit ZIP Code prefix;
less than 10 pounds in a sack not permitted. (Exception:
After all full sacks are prepared, one less-than-full sack
must be prepared for any remaining pieces for each 3-digit
ZIP Code prefix of SCF serving post office where mail is
Labels: For Line 1, use L002, Column A, for destination
if 10 or more pounds of pieces to same ADC (see L004); less
than 10 pounds in a sack not permitted.
Labels: For Line 1, use L004, Column B for destination
for any remaining pieces. Pieces must be placed in mixed
ADC sacks; only one less-than-full sack permitted.
Labels: For Line 1, use "MXD" followed by city,
state, and ZIP Code of origin facility in L002, Column C.
Bundling not required for pieces 1/2 inch thick or thicker if they are
placed in a sack to same destination to which they would have otherwise
been bundled. Prepared in green sacks.
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