The CASS™ certification process is designed in cooperation with the mailing industry to improve the accuracy of postal codes, i.e., Five-Digit ZIP Code®, ZIP + 4®, delivery point (DPCs), and carrier route codes that appear on mailpieces.
Who is CASS™ for?
CASS™ certification is available to all software developers, mailers, and service bureaus who wish to evaluate the quality of their address matching software. Any mailing claimed at an automation price must be produced from address lists properly matched and coded with CASS-certified address matching methods.
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What is CASS™?
The CASS™ software certification program provides hardware and software developers, service bureaus, and commercial mailers a common measure by which to test the quality of address-matching software. Software tests for CASS™ certification are graded by the U.S. Postal Service®, National Customer Support Center (NCSC) and the results are returned to the developer to provide useful diagnostics for correcting software deficiencies. However, CASS™ processing does not measure the accuracy of ZIP + 4, delivery point, Five-Digit ZIP Code, or carrier route codes in a mailer’s address file.
CASS™ enables the Postal Service™ to evaluate the accuracy of address matching software programs in the following areas.
- 5-digit coding
- ZIP + 4/ delivery point (DP) coding
- Carrier route coding
- DPV® or DSF2®
CASS™ allows developers, vendors and mailers the opportunity to test their address matching software packages and after achieving a specified percentage of compliance to be certified by the Postal Service. CASS™ enables mailers to measure and diagnose internally written, commercially available address matching software packages. The effectiveness of service bureaus' matching software can also be measured.
How does CASS work?
There are two stages in the CASS process:
Stage 1: CASS Test With Answers (optional)
The CASS™ Stage I file is a self-test that helps developers measure and diagnose the performance of their address-matching software when it is applied to a CASS™ test address file. The Stage I results assist developers with software debugging and troubleshooting in preparation for Stage II of the CASS™ certification process. The Stage I file contains approximately 150,000 test addresses extracted from the City State and ZIP + 4 files with samples of all types of addressing used around the country. Some test addresses have been changed for test purposes, and not all records have valid ZIP + 4 codes or valid addresses.
Customers can evaluate the accuracy of their address-matching software by applying the correct carrier route, Five-Digit ZIP, ZIP + 4 codes, DPV or DSF2, LACSLink and SuiteLink elements and by comparing the applied codes with the correct codes provided by the Postal Service. The results of Stage I processing are not reviewed by the NCSC and have no effect on CASS certification.
Stage 2: CASS Test Without Answers (required for certification)
CASS™ Stage II files are used to test the address matching software performance by processing a test address file that is returned for evaluation by the CASS™ Department. The CASS™ Stage II file contains approximately 150,000 test addresses that are extracted and presented in the same makeup and mixture as Stage I without answers. Customers use their address-matching software to apply the correct data applicable to the test record.
Match rates using CASS™ Certified software vary greatly depending on address hygiene, the quality of addresses used, and the timeliness of the customer database update applications. An address with an incorrect Five-Digit ZIP Code, ZIP + 4 code, carrier route code, ZIP + 4 or an address with no ZIP + 4 code or failure to process using DPV or DSF2, LACSLink and SuiteLink elements can contribute to delays in processing mail.
To achieve CASS™ certification, participants must pass with a minimum score of 98.5 percent for ZIP + 4, carrier route, Five-Digit ZIP and LACSLink, 100 percent for delivery point coding, eLOT, DPV or DSF2, RDI and Perfect Address. CASS™ certification is valid until the end of the current certification period. To remain CASS™ certified for each required certification period, developers must reapply for certification and meet the minimum accuracy requirements during Stage II testing.
CASS™ certification is valid until the end of the current biennial period. For software to remain CASS™ Certified for each biennial period, developers must reapply for certification and meet the minimum accuracy requirements during Stage II testing.
This document contains the certified vendor list for CASS™ and MASS™ products.
This docoument contains the order form for CASS™.
This document provides a technical guide for the CASS™ product. The CASS™ certification process is designed in cooperation with the mailing industry to improve the accuracy of addresses for mail qualifying for postal discounts.
Terms and Conditions for Coding Accuracy Support System (CASS™) Certification for Software Developers
This document outlines the terms and conditions form for CASS™ certification for developers.
This document outlines the terms and conditions form for CASS™ end users.
This application is for the CASS™ Summary Report.
This document provides an order form for eLOT.
This order form allows customers to order the RDI™ product.
This order form is used to subscribe to the Z4Change product.
This document contains the Early Warning System data file for the MASS™ certification process.
Coding Accuracy Support System (CASS™) Software Manufacturers Data File Current Cycle: Certified Products Guide (D)
This document contains the CASS™/MASS™ certified vendors list for CASS™ software manufacturers current cycle (D).
This document contains the CASS™/MASS™ certified vendors list for CASS software manufacturers current cycle.
This document contains the CASS™/MASS™ certified vendors list for DPV® Licensees Data File Current Cycle (D).
This document contains the CASS™/MASS™ certified vendors list for DPV® Licensees Curent Cycle.
This document contains the CASS™/MASS™ certified vendors list for DSF2® Licensees Current Cycle.
This document outlines the CASS/MASS certified vendors list for RDI™ Current Cycle (D).
A downloadable ZIP file containing information related to the Z4 Info File.
CASS™ Cycle O
CASS™ Cycle N 2011-2020
This presentation provides information on electronic testing for Multiline Accuracy Support System (MASS).
This Partnership in Tomorrow presentation reviews CASS/MASS Cycle M and N requirements.
The Partnership in Tomorrow Meeting was hosted by the National Customer Support Center in Memphis, TN with attendees and webinar participants from various industry representatives.
This flowchart describes the logic flow for Unique Zip code.
The Unique ZIP Code Matrix dispays Carrier Route ID, Record Type, and Delivery Point assignment rules within unique zip codes only.
This zip file is for categories only processed with 2009-2011 Cycle N static data.
This zip file contains Early Warning System Data for Cycle N.
This zip file contains RDI 9-digit static data.
This zip file contains RDI 11-digit static data.
This text file provides delivery type Cycle N static data
The MASS™ certification is an extension of the CASS™ system, which is a process designed in cooperation with the mailing industry to improve the accuracy of postal codes that appear on mail.
The ZIP + 4® Product is a base reference file that can be accessed by an application to assign the correct ZIP + 4® Code associated with a physical address.
Business or residential? Make informed decisions, improve your deliverability, and optimize operational efficiency with RDI™.
The LACSLink® product offers an automated method of obtaining new addresses after a 911 emergency system has been implemented.
The SuiteLink® product enables customers to provide improved business addressing information by adding known secondary (suite) information to business addresses, which will allow USPS delivery sequencing where it would not otherwise be possible.
The eLOT product allows mailers the ability to sort their mailings in approximate carrier-casing sequence.