Quick Service Guide 703
January 22, 2012
Eligibility Overview (703.1.0)
Only qualified political committees, voting registration officials, and organizations that meet specific standards for qualified nonprofit organizations and that have received specific authorization from the USPS may mail eligible matter at the Nonprofit Standard Mail prices. Except for previously accepted mailings being deposited under a plant-verified drop shipment program (705.17.0), nonprofit mailings presented for USPS acceptance must include a properly prepared mailing statement bearing the national authorization number of the approved nonprofit organization. Pieces mailed at the Nonprofit Standard Mail prices must meet the general standards for Standard Mail (243.2.0 for letters, 343.2.0 for flats, 443.2.0 for parcels) and the standards specific to any other discount or price claimed.
Qualified organization: the organization is not organized for profit, and none of its net income inures to the benefit of any private stockholder or individual. Types of organizations that may qualify (703.1.2): religious, educational, scientific, philanthropic, agricultural, labor, veterans, and fraternal. Voting registration officials and national and state political committees may be qualified without regard to their nonprofit status.
Mailings must be soliciting monetary donations to the authorized mailer and not promoting or otherwise facilitating the sale or lease of any goods or services.
The organization authorized to mail at Nonprofit Standard Mail prices is given a list of each donor, contact information (e.g., address, telephone number) for each, and the amount of the donation (or waives in writing the receipt of this list).
Authorizations: PS Form 3624 with supporting documentation is required to be submitted and approved prior to mailing at Nonprofit Standard Mail prices; PS Form 3623 is required for any mailing office without PostalOne! access.
Annual presort mailing fee applies. Destination price eligibility: standards in 246 for letters, 346 for flats, or 446 for parcels.
Name and return address on outside of mailpiece must be that of the authorized organization; pseudonyms or bogus names of persons or organizations prohibited (703.1.5). All matter mailed at Nonprofit Standard Mail prices must identify the authorized organization. The authorized organization’s name and return address must appear in at least one of two places: on the outside of the mailpiece or in a prominent place on the material mailed.
Identification: The name and return address of the authorized nonprofit organization must be either on the outside of the mailpiece or in a prominent location on the material being mailed (703.1.5).
Postage and Payment Methods
Frequently Asked Questions
A. Nonprofit Standard Mail is printed matter such as pamphlets, newsletters, direct mail, or merchandise that weighs less than 16 ounces and is eligible for nonprofit prices mailed by an authorized nonprofit organization.
The product must be a low-cost item. “Cost” is based on the price paid by the nonprofit organization to acquire the product, and not the sale price. (At the beginning of each calendar year, the value of low cost is adjusted for the cost of living (see 703.1.6.11 for current cost)).
It must be a periodical publication of a nonprofit organization. (If any eligible product contains advertising, it is also subject to the information provided below.)
Q. I want to hire a mailing house to print and mail my organization’s newsletter. We are authorized to use Nonprofit Standard Mail prices, but the mailing house isn’t. Is the mailing eligible for Nonprofit Standard Mail prices?
A. As an organization authorized to mail at Nonprofit Standard Mail prices, you can use a commercial firm to prepare and present your mailing for you at those prices. The issue is whether the arrangement is a legitimate “principal–agent” relationship. If you are paying a fee to the mailing house to prepare your mailing, and the mailing house has no other interest in the mailing, it should be eligible for Nonprofit Standard Mail prices. However, if the mailing house shares in the advertising revenues, places its own advertisement(s) in the mailpiece at no cost, or at a discount, or will not receive any fees for its services (reimbursement for expenses), the mailpiece would probably not be eligible for Nonprofit Standard Mail prices. Under this arrangement, the mailing house now has a vested interest in the mailing and is no longer functioning in an agent capacity.