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Size and Shape

The Postal Service separates all mail into one of four size categories:

postcards[1]
letters[2]
large envelopes - known as "flats"[3]
parcels[4]

There are different prices and different standards for preparing your mail depending on the size of the mailpieces. If you have any questions about the size or shape of your mailpiece, contact your mailpiece design analyst (MDA[5]) or business mail entry unit[6] for advice.


Minimum and maximum sizes[7]

Mailpiece shape[8]


Table of Links
  1. http://pe.usps.com/businessmail101/mailcharacteristics/cards.htm
  2. http://pe.usps.com/businessmail101/mailcharacteristics/letters.htm
  3. http://pe.usps.com/businessmail101/mailcharacteristics/flats.htm
  4. http://pe.usps.com/businessmail101/mailcharacteristics/parcels.htm
  5. http://pe.usps.gov/mpdesign/mpdfr_mda_support_intro.asp
  6. https://ribbs.usps.gov/locators/find-bme.cfm
  7. http://pe.usps.com/businessmail101/mailcharacteristics/minMax.htm
  8. http://pe.usps.com/businessmail101/mailcharacteristics/mailpieceShape.htm