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Business Mail 101 - Precanceled Stamps
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Precanceled Stamps

Precanceled stamps are special stamps that come in small denominations and are specifically for Presorted First-Class Mail and Standard Mail mailings. Mailers apply these special stamps to envelopes at a lower postage price (say, 15 cents) and pay the difference when they drop off the mail at the Post Office. The business mail entry unit clerk can help you fill out your postage statement to calculate how much you still owe. You can pay that difference with a check, a meter strip, or through a postage account.

Precanceled stamps are available in various non-denominations in coils of 500, 3,000, and 10,000 for the following classes of mail:

  • Presorted First-Class Mail only
  • Presorted First-Class Postcards only
  • Regular Standard Mail only
  • Nonprofit Standard Mail only

Image of Presorted First-Class StampImage of Presorted First-Class CardImage of Presorted Standard StampImage of Nonprofit Organization Stamp

How to apply for a permit to use precanceled stamps

How to use precanceled stamps

Tips on using precanceled stamps

Quick Service Guide 604b, Precanceled Stamps