Library Order Forms – Free Matter for the
Blind or Handicapped
Updated July 2003
This Customer Support Ruling provides a determination
on the mailability of library order forms as Free Matter for the
Blind and Other Physically Handicapped Persons.
Domestic Mail Manual
(DMM) 703.5.3, provides that unsealed letters sent by a blind or
other physically handicapped person and prepared in raised
characters or in 14-point or larger sight-saving type or in the form
of sound recordings, may be mailed as "Free Matter for the Blind or
Other Physically Handicapped Persons." No provision is made for
letters prepared by conventional typewriting to be mailed without
proper payment of postage at the First-Class Mail rates.
DMM 703.5.2.1 lists
the types of acceptable matter which may be sent free to blind or
other handicapped persons. Such items must be for the use of the
blind or handicapped person, include no charge or fee, and contain
Library order forms
prepared in 14-point or larger type for the use of blind or
physically handicapped persons are acceptable as Free Matter for the
Blind and Other Physically Handicapped Persons, both when mailed by
the library and when returned to the library by the handicapped
Such order forms
meeting the printing requirements prescribed above may show the
handwritten name and address of the eligible individual placing the
order on them. Check marks directing attention to items selected by
the blind or handicapped readers may also be shown on the forms.
The address on the outside envelope as well as the endorsement,
“Free Matter for the Blind or Handicapped” may be printed, typed,
rubber stamped or handwritten.
United States Postal Service
Washington DC 20260-3436