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Addressing Requirements

Effective March 29, 2009, new address placement and formatting requirements adopted by the Postal Service® for Periodicals, Standard Mail®, Bound Printed Matter, Media Mail®, and Library Mail flat-size pieces sent at automation, presorted, or carrier route prices were implemented. USPS® also adopts related revisions for automation and presorted First-Class Mail® flats. New requirements were published in the Federal Register May 7, 2008.

The following collection of resources provides details necessary to stay compliant with addressing requirements.

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Featured Resources

  • Fact Sheets 03/29/2009

    Addressing Fact Sheet for First-Class Flats

    This document is for mailers who are sending flat-size mail (such as large envelopes) at Automation and Presorted First-Class Mail prices.

  • FAQs 01/17/2009

    Addressing Fact Sheet for Periodicals Flats

    An overview of new address requirements for mailers who are sending flat-size Periodicals (such as magazines and newspapers).

  • Fact Sheets 03/29/2013

    Addressing Fact Sheet for Standard Flats

    This document is for business mailers who are sending flat-size Standard Mail (such as large envelopes, catalogs, and circulars). To use the Standard Mail prices, you must send at least 200 pieces or 50 pounds of mail at a time, prepared and sorted according to Postal Service guidelines.

  • Fact Sheets 03/29/2013

    Addressing Fact Sheet for Package Services

    This document is for mailers who are sending Flat-size Bound Printed Matter (such as catalogs) using the Presorted or Carrier Route prices or Flat-size Media Mail or Library Mail (such as large envelopes) using the Presorted prices.

  • Presentations 01/01/2009

    New Address Standards for Commercial Flat-Size Mail Presentation

    This presentation outlines the standards for commercial flat-size mail including address characteristics and placement, Federal register overview, mailpiece examples, and FAQ's.

  • Fact Sheets 03/29/2009

    New Address Standards for Flat-Size Mail Poster

    New address placement standards apply to all Periodicals, Standard Mail, and Package Services flats mailed at presort, carrier route, and automation prices (optional for First-Class Mail). This document provides detailed information on address placement.

  • Fact Sheets 03/29/2009

    New Address Requirements for Automation, Presorted, and Carrier Route Flat-Size Mail

    The Postal Service adopts new address placement and formatting requirements for Periodicals, Standard Mail®, Bound Printed Matter, Media Mail®, and Library Mail flat-size pieces sent at automation, presorted, or carrier route prices. 

  • Fact Sheets 02/01/2013

    Barcode Placement for Flats

    This document contains a guide on barcode placement for flat mailpieces.

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