The ANKLink® Product is an enhancement to the existing 18-month NCOALink® Product. It allows mailers to make informed decisions regarding a specific customer.
Who is ANKLink for?
ANKLink is only available to NCOALink Limited Service Providers and End User Mailers. ANKLink provides an additional 30 months of COA information.
Enrich Your Data
The ANKLink will allow mailers to make informed decisions regarding a specific customer. If the data indicates the customer has moved, the mailer may choose to suppress the customer from the list. Otherwise the mailer could attempt to determine the new address by seeking the services of an NCOALink Full Service Provider licensee. ANKLink has the potential to reduce the production of UAA (Undeliverable as Addressed) mail, which reduces production, preparation and postage costs.
ANKLink data will not return the new address but will inform mailers of customer moves that occurred in months 19-48, along with the move effective date. Development, distribution and use are all covered under the existing NCOALink licenses.
Annual License Fee (ANKLink only): $4,350.00 (LSP) $955.00 (EUM).
ANKLink certification is covered under the NCOALink Developer testing. Limited Service Provider and End User Mailer licensees who wish to obtain the ANKLink Product will need to contact their NCOALink Distributor.
This document contains frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers for the ANKLink product.
This document provides a list of service providers and contact information for NCOALink® with ANKLink®. These service providers have 18 months of Change-of-address (COA) data from the USPS®. In addition, they inform mailers if a move has occurred in months 19 - 48, but do not provide the new address.
NCOALink®/ANKLink® Archived Announcements
An Update to the NCOALink® End User EPF Monthly Fulfillment Schedule
Attached is an updated monthly NCOALink Electronic Product Fulfillment (EPF)
Reminder! All NCOALink® MPE Data User Licensees are required to return test answer files via Electronic Product Fulfillment (EPF).
A reminder for NCOALink® licenses to use current live ZIP+ 4 data when processing MPE audit decks.
This document provides a licensing announcement for the updated NCOALink® MPE performance requirements.
Information as of April 19, 2016 concerning issues with the Zero Table for National Change of Address (NCOALink®) Mail Processing Equipment (MPE) Data Users.
This document provides updated MPE Testing Requirements.
Licensing Announcement: Issue with Downloading Both SHA-1 and SHA-256 Products on Electronic Product Fulfillment (EPF)
This announcement details an issue with downloading both the SHA‐1 and SHA‐256 versions of the products using the SOAP Web Services (ColdFusion).
To comply with the recommendations from the December 2014 Office of Inspector (OIG) audit of the NCOALink® program, the USPS® will begin the transition from SHA‐1 to SHA‐256 technology as the method for data encryption.
This announcement provides suggestions to assist in the presentation of names on mailing lists and mailpieces.
In an effort to help clarify the PO Box address issues when the physical street is not provided or not valid on the ZIP + 4® database, this announcment provide guidelines to follow.
As a reminder, all parties signing NCOALink Processing Acknowledgement Forms (PAFs) must provide a physical street address.
In a coordinated effort that began in December 2014, the Licensing and Certification Department and United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) have teamed up to conduct NCOALink onsite reviews at Licensees’ site locations.
This announcement indicates a change in NCOALink licensing fees.
This announcment indicates a change in NCOALink Mail Processing Equipment licensing fees.
As a reminder, the Electronic Product Fulfillment (EPF) website will be migrated to a new server Saturday, March 15.
Licensing Announcement: Reminder on NCOALink® Weekly Product Updates via Electronic Product Fulfillment (EPF)
This licensing announcement is a reminder that weekly product updates for NCOALink are posted each Monday.
This licensing announcement serves as a reminder that the EPF for Large Files beta test concludes on Saturday, June 15, 2013.
This licensing announcement covers new changes to NCOALink reporting compliance.
Effective with the March 2013 reports, the USPS® will be validating the Monthly NCOALink reports for accuracy.
As an effort to provide a more efficient method for USPS® product fulfillment, the USPS is seeking beta testers for a new electronic product fulfillment service.
This licensing announcement serves as a reminder that the NCOALink Mail Processing Equipment (MPE) licensing fees will change on January 27, 2013.
This licensing announcement serves as a reminder, effective January 27, most of the NCOALink licensing fees will change.
As a result of the USPS® Domestic and International Mailing Services Price Change, effective January 27, 2013, the NCOALink licensing fees will change.
As a result of the USPS® Domestic and International Mailing Services Price Change, effective January 27, 2013, the NCOALink Mail Processing Equipment (MPE) licensing fees will change.
It has been determined that delivery of NCOALink product release# 1044, that was shipped Tuesday, September 5, has been delayed.
As a reminder, NCOALink® and FASTforward® licensees are required by their license agreements to acquire a Processing Acknowledgement Form (PAF) for each of their customers.
The NCOALink® hash data product (release# 1025) contains the previous release’s data.
As a result of the USPS Domestic and International Mailing Services Price Change, effective January 22, 2012, the NCOALink® licensing fees will change.
Effective April 17, 2011, most of the NCOALink® licensing fees will change.
The NCOALink® data fulfillment received this week was labeled with the incorrect release number.
The 2010 NCOALink PIT Meeting Minutes have been posted to the RIBBS® website under the following link: http://ribbs.usps.gov/ncoalink/documents/tech_guides/ under the filename 2010 NCOALink® PIT Conference Minutes.
The notice regarding NCOALink® release number 925, which was originally sent on Thursday, May 20, has been retracted.
Regarding NCOALink® release number 925, there will be no additional moves out of ZIP™ codes that begin with ‘00’ and ‘33.’ This release is scheduled to be mailed the week of May 24.
Effective immediately, current data updates to the NCOALink® Product shall be installed no later than five (5) business days after receipt.
Recently FASTforward®/LPE and NCOALink® MPE Data User Licensees were notified that MASS™ Cycle N has been deferred until August 1, 2011 and their MASS certification is valid through July 31, 2011.
The NCOALink® data contained in data release #897 will include fewer records due to the expired records rolling off of the database.
In the continuing effort to provide greater value and product improvement, the US Postal Service® is pleased to announce the enhancement of the NCOALink® product with the inclusion of approximately two million additional change-of-address records.
The 2008 NCOALink® Conference Meeting Minutes and Questions & Answers have been posted to the RIBBS™ website under NCOALink.
The NCOALink® Full (section 4.4) and Limited Service (section 4.3) Provider License Agreements state the following: “Licensee agrees that it violates this Agreement to provide Services to an Entity located or operating outside of the Territory or using the Updated Mailing Lists outside of the Territory.”
Sections 9.6 (Full Service Provider), 8.6 (Limited Service Provider), 8.1 (End User Mailer) and 11.4 (MPE Provider) of the NCOALink® Licensee Performance Requirements state that the monthly reports are due by the 7th calendar day of the month.
The NCOALink® Processing Acknowledgement Form has been updated to reflect the addition of the alternate PAF method.
This document contains announcements concerning NCOALink® product fulfillment for the week of February 18, product fulfillment schedule changes, and usage of current NCOALink PAFs.
The NCOALink Product is a secure dataset of approximately 160 million permanent change-of-address (COA) records consisting of names and addresses of individuals, families, and businesses who have filed a change-of-address with the Postal Service™. Developed with secure data store technology to increase security of postal customer data and protect the privacy of this information, the NCOALink Product enables mailers to process mailing lists and update lists with new addresses prior to mailing. The NCOALink data is provided on a regular basis to companies that have been licensed by the Postal Service.