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Customer Support Ruling


Stock Certificates
Updated March 2001

PS-222 (233.2.4)

This Customer Support Ruling discusses whether "stock certificates" filled out in handwriting or typewriting are considered handwritten or typewritten matter that is mailable only at First-Class Mail or Express Mail rates.

As stated in Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) 233.2.4*, matter wholly or partially in writing or typewriting, except authorized additions to Periodicals, Standard Mail, or Package Services including Library Mail and Media Mail, as permitted, may only be mailed as First-Class Mail or as Express Mail.

In view of the above regulation, stock certificates which are filled out in handwriting or typewriting, are acceptable in the mails only at the First-Class rates of postage or as Express Mail.  The fact that the stock certificates have been canceled and are no longer negotiable, has no bearing on this determination.

*See also DMM 133.3, 333.2, and 433.2.

Sherry Suggs
Mailing Standards
United States Postal Service
Washington DC 20260-3436