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): $5,410.00 (LSP) $1,250.00 (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.
NCOALink® with ANKLink® Service Providers
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.
ANKLink® Request Form
This document contains the request form for the ANKLink® product.
NCOALink®/ANKLink® Archived Announcements
Updated EPF Monthly Fulfillment (November 20, 2017)
An Update to the NCOALink® End User EPF Monthly Fulfillment Schedule
Updated EPF End User Monthly Fulfillment Schedule (February 6, 2017)
Attached is an updated monthly NCOALink Electronic Product Fulfillment (EPF)
Licensing Announcement: Instructions on Submitting MPE Audit Test Decks for Grading
Reminder! All NCOALink® MPE Data User Licensees are required to return test answer files via Electronic Product Fulfillment (EPF).
Licensing Announcement: Reminder on Processing NCOALink® MPE Audit Test Decks
A reminder for NCOALink® licenses to use current live ZIP+ 4 data when processing MPE audit decks.
Licensing Announcement: Updated NCOALink® MPE Performance Requirements
This document provides a licensing announcement for the updated NCOALink® MPE performance requirements.
Licensing Announcement: Zero Table Issues
Information as of April 19, 2016 concerning issues with the Zero Table for National Change of Address (NCOALink®) Mail Processing Equipment (MPE) Data Users.
Reminder on Updated MPE Testing Requirements
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).
Licensing Announcement: SHA-256 Products on Electronic Product Fulfillment (EPF)
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.
Licensing Announcement: NCOALink® Name Presentation
This announcement provides suggestions to assist in the presentation of names on mailing lists and mailpieces.
Licensing Announcement: Clarification to Addresses on NCOALink® PAFs
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.
Licensing Announcement: Addresses on NCOALink® PAFs
As a reminder, all parties signing NCOALink Processing Acknowledgement Forms (PAFs) must provide a physical street address.
Licensing Announcement: NCOALink® Onsite Reviews
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.
NCOALink® Pricing Letter
This announcement indicates a change in NCOALink licensing fees.
NCOALink® MPE Pricing Letter
This announcment indicates a change in NCOALink Mail Processing Equipment licensing fees.
Licensing Announcement: Reminder on Electronic Product Fulfillment (EPF) Server Migration
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.
Licensing Announcement: Reminder on Electronic Product Fulfillment (EPF) for Large Files Beta Test
This licensing announcement serves as a reminder that the EPF for Large Files beta test concludes on Saturday, June 15, 2013.
Licensing Announcement: NCOALink® Reporting Reminder
This licensing announcement covers new changes to NCOALink reporting compliance.
Licensing Announcement: NCOALink® Reporting Requirements
Effective with the March 2013 reports, the USPS® will be validating the Monthly NCOALink reports for accuracy.
Electronic Product Fulfillment (EPF) for Large Files
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.
Licensing Announcement: NCOALink® MPE Pricing Changes Reminder
This licensing announcement serves as a reminder that the NCOALink Mail Processing Equipment (MPE) licensing fees will change on January 27, 2013.
Licensing Announcement: NCOALink® Pricing Changes Reminder
This licensing announcement serves as a reminder, effective January 27, most of the NCOALink licensing fees will change.
Licensing Announcement: NCOALink® Price Change
As a result of the USPS® Domestic and International Mailing Services Price Change, effective January 27, 2013, the NCOALink licensing fees will change.
Licensing Announcement: NCOALink® MPE Price 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.
Licensing Announcement: NCOALink® Product Release #1044
It has been determined that delivery of NCOALink product release# 1044, that was shipped Tuesday, September 5, has been delayed.
Licensing Announcement: PAF Requirements Reminder
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.
Licensing Announcement: Issues with NCOALink® 48-Month Hash Data
The NCOALink® hash data product (release# 1025) contains the previous release’s data.
Licensing Announcement: NCOALink® Price Changes
As a result of the USPS Domestic and International Mailing Services Price Change, effective January 22, 2012, the NCOALink® licensing fees will change.
NCOALink® Pricing Changes
Effective April 17, 2011, most of the NCOALink® licensing fees will change.
Licensing Announcement: NCOALink® Release Number 930
The NCOALink® data fulfillment received this week was labeled with the incorrect release number.
Retraction Notice Regarding NCOALink® Release Number 925
The notice regarding NCOALink® release number 925, which was originally sent on Thursday, May 20, has been retracted.
NCOALink® Release Number 925
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.
Licensing Announcement: Loading NCOALink® Updates
Effective immediately, current data updates to the NCOALink® Product shall be installed no later than five (5) business days after receipt.
FASTforward®/LPE and NCOALink® MPE Annual Audit
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.
NCOALink® Data Release #897
The NCOALink® data contained in data release #897 will include fewer records due to the expired records rolling off of the database.
NCOALink® Enhancement Advisement
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.
NCOALink® Foreign Processing
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.”
Reporting Compliance: NCOALink® Monthly Reports (November 21, 2008)
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.
Service Provider PAF and RTD
The NCOALink® Processing Acknowledgement Form has been updated to reflect the addition of the alternate PAF method.
Licensing Announcement: USPS® NCOALink® Full and Limited Service Licensees
This document contains announcements concerning NCOALink® product fulfillment for the week of February 18, product fulfillment schedule changes, and usage of current NCOALink PAFs.
OneCode ACS allows customers mailing First-Class Mail®, Standard Mail®, and Periodical flats or letters to receive electronic or automated address corrections using the Intelligent Mail® barcode.
NCOA is a system of record for all COA requests and is used to produce the NCOALink product. The NCOALink Product is a secure dataset of approximately 160 million permanent change-of-address (COA) records constructed from 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.