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Quick Service Guide 604e

Additional Services

Meter Reply Mail

December 8, 2014
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Related QSGs

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505, Business Reply Mail (BRM)

201c, Courtesy Reply Mail (CRM)

Overview (604.4.0)

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Meter stamps may be used to prepay reply postage on Priority Mail Express; Priority Mail (when the rate is the same for all zones); all First-Class Mail cards, letters, and flats up to a maximum of 13 ounces; single-piece Media Mail and Library Mail.

The USPS provides free of charge the FIM (facing identification mark) and appropriate barcode to print on meter reply letter-size mailpieces. The guidelines on page two will help optimize the use of this format.

The following conditions apply (604.4.5.2):

Barcodes (708.4.0)

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Envelopes and cards formatted for meter reply mail on which the mailer failed to imprint a meter stamp are treated as basic BRM. Such mail is delivered after payment of postage and the applicable BRM per-piece charge (505.1.0).

Delivery point POSTNET or Intelligent Mail barcodes on letter-size pieces may be placed either in the address block or in the lower right barcode clear zone.

All letter-size reply cards and envelopes (Business Reply Mail, Courtesy Reply Mail, and meter reply mail) provided as enclosures in automation First-Class Mail, Periodicals, and Standard Mail must meet the standards in 201.3.18.

Meter Reply Mail Layout Guidelines

This graphic describes Meter Reply Mail layout standards as described in the text.

Dimensions: Between 3-1/2 by 5 inches and 6-1/8 by 11-1/2 inches. To qualify for the card price, cards must be between 3-1/2 by 5 inches and 4-1/4 by 6 inches. Larger postcard sizes are mailable, but they are charged at the regular First-Class Mail letter price. Card thickness must be between 0.007 and 0.016 inch.

Ink/paper Colors and Type Styles: Not all colors of paper and/or ink and type styles are compatible with automated equipment. Contact your local Post Office for guidance.

All Letter-size reply cards and envelopes (Business Reply Mail, Courtesy Reply Mail, and meter reply mail) provided as enclosures in automation First-Class Mail, Periodicals, and Standard Mail must meet the standards in 201.3.18.

 

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