4 Qualified Mailings
4-1 Legal Responsibilities
Authorization to mail at the Nonprofit Standard Mail (nonprofit) rates is a
privilege granted by law only to authorized organizations. Civil and criminal
penalties apply to false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements made in
connection with a Nonprofit Standard Mail mailing. Under USPS standards,
an authorized organization must:
• Ensure that only its own matter is mailed under its Nonprofit Standard
• Never use the nonprofit rates to send matter on behalf of, or produced
for, an unauthorized organization or individual.
• Never delegate, lend, or "rent" its Nonprofit Standard Mail authorization
to any other person or organization.
• Ensure that a properly completed postage statement is presented with
Note: The mailer's signature on the postage statement certifies that the
mailpiece is eligible for the nonprofit rates.