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Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail ManualMay 12, 2008 Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) provides our official prices and standards for all domestic mailing services. Many commercial mailers find it helpful to reference these standards as they prepare and enter large mailings. For household mailers who need information about our retail products and services, we offer A Customers Guide to Mailing in English, Spanish, and Chinese. New business mailers can start with An Introduction to Mailing for Businesses and Organizations. It provides an overview of business mail and walks mailers through the decisions they will make when designing a mailing. Both publications are updated and available in many Post Offices and on our Postal Explorer Web site at pe.usps.com. Postal Explorer also provides helpful search features, mailing tools, and price calculators to make mailing easy. Summary of Changes The DMM is updated frequently on Postal Explorer at pe.usps.com. Revisions are published in the Summary of Changes by effective date and by DMM module. Mailing standards in the DMM are revised by notices in the Postal Bulletin or the Federal Register. Availability Public The public can access the updated DMM in PDF and HTML formats on Postal Explorer at pe.usps.com. Annual subscriptions for printed copies are available only through the U.S. Government Printing Office, 202-512-1800. USPS Postal employees can access the updated DMM in PDF and HTML formats on Postal Explorer at pe.usps.com or on the Postal Explorer CD-ROM. Offices can order printed copies through the Material Distribution Center using standard ordering procedures. How to Use This Book An introduction is located at the beginning of the book. It explains how information is organized around four basic concepts mailing method, shape of mail, class of mail, and topic and how the DMM is numbered. Also included is a series of Quick Service Guides, two-page overviews of mail classification and preparation. Comments Contact your local Post Office, business mail entry office, or the Pricing and Classification Service Center (PCSC) with comments or questions about our mailing standards (see 608.8.4 for addresses and telephone numbers of business mail entry offices and the PCSC).

Stephen M. Kearney Vice President Pricing and Classification

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1 Overview

Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service DMM100 200 300 400 500 600 700 Retail Mail Letters, Cards, Flats, and Parcels Commercial Mail Letters and Cards Commercial Mail Flats Commercial Mail Parcels Additional Services Basic Standards For All Mailing Services Special Standards Index and Appendices

Domestic Mail Manual Updated 2-2-09

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Mailing StandardsCONTENTS

Retail Mail

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Design Standards101 Physical Standards 102 Elements on the Face of a Mailpiece

Commercial Mail Letters and Cards Design Standards

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100 Retail Mail 200 Commercial Mail Letters and Cards 300 Commercial Mail Flats 400 Commercial Mail Parcels 500 Additional Services 600 Basic Standards For All Mailing Services 700 Special Standards Index and Appendices

110 Express Mail113 Prices and Eligibility 114 Postage Payment Methods 115 Mail Preparation 116 Deposit

201 Physical Standards 202 Elements on the Face of a Mailpiece

230 First-Class Mail233 Prices and Eligibility 234 Postage Payment and Documentation 235 Mail Preparation 236 Enter and Deposit

120 Priority Mail123 Prices and Eligibility 124 Postage Payment Methods 125 Mail Preparation 126 Deposit

240 Standard Mail243 Prices and Eligibility 244 Postage Payment and Documentation 245 Mail Preparation 246 Enter and Deposit

130 First-Class Mail133 Prices and Eligibility 134 Postage Payment Methods 135 Mail Preparation 136 Deposit

150 Parcel Post153 Prices and Eligibility 154 Postage Payment Methods 155 Mail Preparation 156 Deposit

170 Media Mail173 Prices and Eligibility 174 Postage Payment Methods 175 Mail Preparation 176 Deposit

180 Library Mail183 Prices and Eligibility 184 Postage Payment Methods 185 Mail Preparation 186 Deposit

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Commercial Mail Flats Design Standards

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420 Priority Mail423 Prices and Eligibility 424 Postage Payment and Documentation 425 Mail Preparation 426 Enter and Deposit

301 Physical Standards 302 Elements on the Face of a Mailpiece

330 First-Class Mail

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333 Prices and Eligibility First-Class Mail 334 Postage Payment and Documentation 433 Prices and Eligibility 335 Mail Preparation 434 Postage Payment and Documentation 336 Enter and Deposit 435 Mail Preparation 436 Enter and Deposit

340 Standard Mail

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343 Prices and Eligibility Standard Mail 344 Postage Payment and Documentation 443 Prices and Eligibility 345 Mail Preparation 444 Postage Payment and Documentation 346 Enter and Deposit 445 Mail Preparation 446 Enter and Deposit

360 Bound Printed Matter

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363 Prices and Eligibility Parcel Select 364 Postage Payment and Documentation 453 Prices and Eligibility 365 Mail Preparation 454 Postage Payment and Documentation 366 Enter and Deposit 455 Mail Preparation 456 Enter and Deposit

370 Media Mail

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373 Prices and Eligibility Bound Printed Matter 374 Postage Payment and Documentation 463 Prices and Eligibility 375 Mail Preparation 464 Postage Payment and Documentation 376 Enter and Deposit 465 Mail Preparation 466 Enter and Deposit

380 Library Mail

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383 Prices and Eligibility Media Mail 384 Postage Payment and Documentation 473 Prices and Eligibility 385 Mail Preparation 474 Postage Payment and Documentation 386 Enter and Deposit 475 Mail Preparation 476 Enter and Deposit

Commercial Mail Parcels Design Standards

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480 Library Mail483 Prices and Eligibility 484 Postage Payment and Documentation 485 Mail Preparation 486 Enter and Deposit

401 Physical Standards 402 Elements on the Face of a Mailpiece

410 Express Mail413 Prices and Eligibility 414 Postage Payment and Documentation 415 Mail Preparation 416 Enter and Deposit

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Additional Services 503 Extra Services

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Basic Standards 601 Mailability 602 Addressing

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Extra Services for Express Mail Registered Mail Certified Mail Insured Mail Certificate of Mailing Return Receipt Restricted Delivery Return Receipt for Merchandise Delivery Confirmation Signature Confirmation Collect on Delivery (COD) Special Handling Confirm Service Money Orders

604 Postage Payment Methods 607 Mailer Compliance and Appeals of Classification Decisions 608 Postal Information and Resources 609 Filing Indemnity Claims for Loss or Damage

507 Mailer ServicesTreatment of Mail Forwarding Address Correction Services Recall of Mail Pickup on Demand Service Mailing List Services Address Sequencing Services Business Reply Mail (BRM) Merchandise Return Service Bulk Parcel Return Service

508 Recipient ServicesRecipient Options Conditions of Delivery Customer Mail Receptacles Post Office Box Service Caller Service General Delivery Firm Holdout Pandering Advertisements Sexually Oriented Advertisements

509 Other ServicesAddress Information System Products Nonpostal Services

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Special Standards

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Index and Appendices Index

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703 Nonprofit Standard Mail and Other Unique Eligibility 705 Advanced Preparation and Special Postage Payment Systems 707 Periodicals 708 Technical Specifications 709 Experimental Classifications and Prices

Appendix 1Labeling Lists Appendix 2Forms Glossary Appendix 3Summary of Changes

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100 Retail Mail

100Retail Mail Letters, Cards, Flats, and Parcels

Design Standards101 Physical Standards 102 Elements on the Face of a Mailpiece

110 Express Mail113 Prices and Eligibility 114 Postage Payment Methods 115 Mail Preparation 116 Deposit

120 Priority Mail123 Prices and Eligibility 124 Postage Payment Methods 125 Mail Preparation 126 Deposit

130 First-Class Mail133 Prices and Eligibility 134 Postage Payment Methods 135 Mail Preparation 136 Deposit

150 Parcel Post153 Prices and Eligibility 154 Postage Payment Methods 155 Mail Preparation 156 Deposit

170 Media Mail173 Prices and Eligibility 174 Postage Payment Methods 175 Mail Preparation 176 Deposit

180 Library Mail183 Prices and Eligibility 184 Postage Payment Methods 185 Mail Preparation 186 Deposit

Domestic Mail Manual Updated 2-2-09

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Design StandardsTOPICS

101 Physical StandardsDesign Standards

7.0 Additional Physical Standards for Parcel Post

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