Quick Service Guide 604b
Basic Standards for All Mailing Services
Use of precanceled stamps is an optional payment method for mailings
at Presorted and automation First-Class Mail and all Standard Mail rates.
Precanceled stamps may not be used with Package Services or Standard
Mail with extra services. This payment method requires the stamps to
be affixed to each piece.
Mailer must complete Form 3615, Mailing Permit Application and Customer
Profile, and submit it to the office of mailing. No permit application
Postage and Payment Methods
Documentation: mailings of nonidentical-weight pieces and mailings that
do not have full cor-rect postage affixed to each piece must meet basic
documentation standards in 708.8 unless excepted by standard in 604.3.1.
Return address: complete domestic return address required. If return
address is outside delivery area of post office of mailing, mailer
must follow one of the options in 604.3.1.
Amount of Postage
The value of a precanceled stamp affixed to each piece in a mailing must
be either the exact amount due or another amount permitted by standard.
If the exact amount is not affixed to each piece, documentation meeting
the basic standards in 708.8 and those applicable to the rate claimed
must be submitted with the mailing unless excepted by 234.4 or 244.4.
Producing Precanceled Stamps
Selection produced by USPS for specific users; other stamps may be precanceled
by the USPS
(604.3.1); other stamps may be precanceled by the mailer (604.3.4), as
Precancellation by mailer
Application: complete Form 3615 for authorization to preprint rate markings
or use a precancel postmark on adhesive stamps, stamped cards, and
Authorization conditions: valid only for sample mailpieces accompanying
application and approved for use. Approval is required for each
postmark format or preprinted marking used (604.3.4.3).
Format of postmark and required content:
- First-Class Mail: day, month, and year of mailing. Standard Mail:
month and year of mailing.
- Words "Mailer's Postmark" followed by permit
number and cancellation bars to cancel postage stamps.
- Either the city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code of the post office
where the precancel permit is held and the mailing is deposited or
the words "Mailed From ZIP
Code" followed by the 5-digit ZIP Code of the office of mailing.
Other markings and endorsements may be required on each piece under
standards for the rate claimed or services requested (604.3.1).
Enter and Deposit
Deposit: generally, at post office where permit is held. Mail with
precanceled postage must not be deposited in collection boxes (604.3.1).
For the specific
DMM standards applicable to this category of mail, consult the DMM sections
referenced above and the general sections within each DMM module.
Post Office Precanceled Postmarks
Mailer's Precanceled Postmarks
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