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3 Business Addressing Standards > 35 Address Data Element Compression Guidelines
The Postal Service and commercial MLOCR equipment can read a maximum of 40 characters per line within a maximum of 8 separate words per line. If either parameter is exceeded, the MLOCR ignores the entire line.
Apply the following steps if it is necessary to reduce the number of words or characters from business address data elements applied to a mailpiece. Use the order listed.