Quick Service Guide 240c
Discount Letters and Cards
Standard Mail Automation Letters
Physical Standards (201)
Maximum weight: 3.5 ounces.
Heavy letter mail weighing more than 3 ounces must have a barcode in the address block and be prepared in a sealed envelope under 188.8.131.52.
For an overview of the physical standards for discount letters and cards, see Quick Service Guide 201.
Rates and Fees (243.1.0)
Letters that weigh more than 3.3 ounces but not more than 3.5 ounces pay piece/pound postage but receive a discount (see 243.7.6).
There are no Standard Mail card rates; cards may be mailed at letter rates.
Destination discounts apply to mail prepared as prescribed by USPS and addressed for delivery within service area of destination BMC/ASF or SCF (246.2.0).
Annual $175.00 presort mailing fee.
Letters containing mailable items not required to be sent using First-Class Mail can be sent using Standard Mail. Standard Mail is typically used for advertisements and flyers. Additional content restrictions must be met for authorized nonprofit mailers (703.1.0).
Eligibility Standards (243.7.0)
Mailings of 200 or more addressed pieces must be 100% delivery point or Intelligent Mail barcoded (708.4.0), sorted, and marked as described below. All pieces must be automation compatible (201.3.0). Pieces are eligible if not required to be mailed at First-Class Mail rates or not eligible for Periodicals rates. Nonprofit rates require specific authorization (703.1.0).
Each piece must also include a complete delivery address with correct ZIP Code or ZIP+4 code.
Addresses matched using CASS/MASS-certified process within 180 days before mailing date.
All letter-size reply cards and envelopes (business reply, courtesy reply, and metered reply mail) provided as enclosures must meet the standards in 201.3.14.
Mailers can apply Repositionable Notes for an additional charge of $0.015. See 709.3.0.
Postage Payment and Documentation (244)
Additional standards apply to mailings of nonidentical-weight pieces.
Mail Preparation (245.7.0)
Marking on each piece in the postage area (202.3.0):
Pieces with a delivery point barcode or an Intelligent Mail barcode printed in the barcode clear zone must also bear an "AUTO" marking. For rate markings applied by a MLOCR, see 202.3.5. Pieces not claimed at an automation rate must not bear an "AUTO" marking unless First-Class Mail single-piece postage is affixed or a corrective single-piece rate marking is applied.
When preparing full trays, mailers must fill all possible 2-foot trays first; if there is mail remaining for the presort destination, mailers must use a combination of 1-foot and 2-foot trays that result in the fewest total number of trays for that presort level.
Barcoded tray labels required (245.4.9).
See reverse for preparation and labeling.
Trays on pallets (705.8.5) are permitted and preferred.
Trays must be sleeved and strapped (246.3.4). See 245.3.5 for exceptions to strapping for mailings that originate and destinate in delivery area of same SCF. Strapping not required on trays placed on 5-digit, 3-digit, and SCF pallets that are secured with stretchwrap.
Enter and Deposit (246)
Mailing entered at an acceptance point designated by USPS.
4. Use "5D BC" on 5-digit trays; use "BC 5D SCHEME" on 5-digit scheme trays.
5. Use "3D BC" on 3-digit trays; use "BC 3D SCHEME" on 3-digit scheme trays and, if applicable, as shown in L002, Column B, followed by the letter "A," "B," or "C."
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.