to the Covers of Unbound Periodicals Publications
REVISED May 2006
Support Ruling clarifies what material may be attached to the cover of an unbound
Periodicals publication without enclosing the publication in a mailing wrapper.
Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) 707.3.3.8c provides that material composed
of advertising, nonadvertising, or a combination of both that normally is allowed
within the contents of a Periodicals publication may be attached to the cover or
protective cover of the publication, as long as no portion of the publication’s
title is obscured and the publication is enclosed in a wrapper.
The publisher of an unbound Periodicals newspaper wanted to attach a small, rectangular
piece of advertising material to the front of the publication, without enclosing
the publication in a mailing wrapper. However, unlike a permissible sticker under
DMM 707.3.3.8a, which would totally adhere to the surface of the cover, the publisher’s
planned attachment would only partially adhere; one of the edges would be glued
to the cover and the other three edges would be loose.
Publishers of unbound publications
may include eligible attachments that do not fully adhere to the covers of their
publications (i.e., one or more of the edges are loose) and not enclose the mailed
copies in wrappers, under the following conditions:
The publication title is not obscured.
The attachment is on an inside fold
of the publication and is not visible when folded.
The publication is prepared so that
it remains folded throughout postal processing with the attachment not visible.
United States Postal Service
Washington DC 20260-3436