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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 Mail authorization.

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 each mailing.

Note: The mailer's signature on the postage statement certifies that the mailpiece is eligible for the nonprofit rates.

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