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.
Who is OneCode ACS for?
What is OneCode ACS?
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. OneCode ACS is the basis for the creation of Full Service ACS notices that are provided to qualified Full Service mailers.
How does OneCode ACS work?
The USPS® can forward mail or notify mailers of a Change of Address (COA) only if the customer submits a change of address request with the Postal Service™.
There are cases where the Postal Service knows the customer has moved but did not notify the USPS, so the delivery employee submits a COA as “Moved, Left No Address” (MLNA - DNF Code: K) or “Box Closed No Order” (BCNO - DNF Code G). Hereafter, this process will be referred to as USPS-Filed Actions. These records are included in the COA database and therefore are fulfilled as COA Notices that do not contain a new address. These notices contain the original (old) address information from the COA and a DNF (Do Not Forward) code.
When a mailpiece is intercepted by the Postal Automated Redirection System (PARS) or identified by delivery personnel as Undeliverable as Addressed (UAA) due to customer relocation, the following occurs:
- The mailpiece (depending on its class, size, and endorsement) is either processed by the PARS equipment or sent to the Computerized Forwarding System (CFS) responsible for processing mail destined to that delivery address.
- An attempt is made to match the name and address to a COA.
- If there is a match and the mailpiece bears a readable, valid Intelligent Mail barcode with the required fields properly completed, an electronic or automated OneCode ACS notice is generated.
- The mail class (First-Class Mail, Periodical, Standard Mail, or Bound Printed Matter), the mailer’s requested ancillary service, and the age or existence of a COA determines whether the mailpiece is forwarded, discarded, or returned to sender.
- OneCode ACS notices are transmitted from the Postal mail processing facilities to the NCSC, where they are categorized by the participating Intelligent Mail barcode Mailer Identifier (Mailer ID) and then distributed to the mailers daily via the Electronic Product Fulfillment (EPF) secure web-based fulfillment resource.
Full-Service ACS notices are created in the same environment as described for OneCode ACS. The NCSC distributes Full Service ACS notices to PostalOne!® based on the Service Type ID in the Intelligent Mail barcode. PostalOne! processes and fulfills the notices to the mailers daily via the Business Customer Gateway.
Full-Service mailers that include both full-service and basic (OneCode®) ACS Service Type IDs in their IMb can receive all of their ACS notices in a daily file provided via download from the Electronic Product Fulfillment secure web service. Information and instructions for this fulfillment option can be found in the SingleSource ACS Technical Guide.
Tech Guides 06/21/2018
This guide provides technical references for OneCode ACS®.
Applications/ Forms 03/18/2016
Enrollment form for ACS™.
User Guides 07/02/2013
A complete overview of Address Change Services: eligibility, benefits, implementation, and technical specifications.
Tech Guides 02/13/2018
Technical guide for users of Intelligent Mail® Package Barcode (IMpb) Address Change Services (ACS). Includes a solution overview, features, participation requirements, and service endorsement options.
Tech Guides 09/01/2015
This document is a guide that provides technical information about Traditional ACS™ with shipper paid services.
Fact Sheets 03/16/2016
Unless Congressional or court action extends or makes permanent the existing exigent surcharges, the U.S. Postal Service® is mandated to reduce the ACS prices that have been in effect since May 31, 2015.
Beginning on Monday August 3rd, the USPS is updating software on all Mail Processing letter automation equipment.
Beginning with the October 20, 2015 ACS fulfillment, the ACS 702 character fulfillment file will include a DPV® field.
New Minimum Billing Charges will change from $50.00 to $25.00 effective with the October 24, 2015 invoice.
On April 17, 2015, the USPS announced a postage price increase effective May 31.
The ACS EPF Billing Invoice PDF version has been modified effective with the April 24, 2015 invoice.
The ACS Notification and fulfillment file will be changing beginning with the January 25, 2015 fulfillment
ACS™ Announcement: Electronic Product Fulfillment (EPF) Planned Maintenance and Migration Rescheduled
Electronic Product Fulfillment (EPF) maintenance previously planned for March 15, 2014 has been tentatively rescheduled to begin March 22, 2014 at 10am CST and end March 23, 2014 at 10pm CST.
In March 2013, the U.S. Postal Service ® announced that on January 26, 2014 Service Type IDs (STID) for First-Class Mail® will become Option-specific, giving new flexibility to the Mailer ID (MID).
In March 2013, the U.S. Postal Service® announced that on January 26, 2014 Service Type IDs (STID) for First-Class Mail® will become Option-specific, giving new flexibility to the Mailer ID (MID).
Full Service provides billing information to SingleSource ACS, which produces the Full Service Chargeback File.
New Services and options for First-Class, Standard and Bound Printed Matter ACS participants
The SingleSource ACS invoice ZIP file has been posted to EPF June 27, 2013.
SingleSource ACS customers now have the option of paying for SingleSource ACS account balance less than $50.00 or wait until the balance reaches $50.00.
Some Periodical OneCode ACS Notices were not available for processing.
Updated file layouts/record formats for the Full Service Chargeback Data File, SingleSource Shipping Notice Data File, SingleSource Invoice Data File to reflect the proper layout of the fixed field, comma delimited, fixed length data files that are unique to SingleSource ACS customers.
An issue was identified that prevented some SingleSource ACS accounts from switching to daily fulfillment as documented.
A one-time processing anomaly prevented some ACS notices from being fulfilled.
This document details frequently asked questions regarding the Traditional ACS required change.
This document outlines Traditional ACS Service Type ID Transition period expectations.
USPS is preparing to introduce new ancillary service options for ACS mailers that will be driven by the STID in the Intelligent Mail barcode.
Due to security concerns surrounding RIBBS, ACS Fulfillment from RIBBS has been discontinued.
Periodical mailers that received Traditional ACS notices or hardcopy PS Form 3579 for UAA publications that were properly prepared with the Intelligent Mail (IM) barcode to generate Full Service ACS may be eligible for a refund or credit for Traditional ACS and/or PS Form 3579 manual address correction fees charged between September 25, 2010 and February 24, 2011.
ACS fulfillments for Wednesday morning October 14 will be delayed.
ACS customers who are expecting ACS fulfillments on Saturday, Sunday and Monday October 10 - 12, 2009 may not receive all of the records available for fulfillment.
The ACS fulfillment for Wednesday October 7, 2009 and October 8, 2009 did not contain all of the records available for fulfillment.
The ACS Fulfillment is running late.
The ACS fulfillment for Saturday September 26, 2009 did not contain all of the records available for fulfillment.
Information regarding OneCode ACS data content regarding the Intelligent Mail (IM) barcode
OneCode ACS® Fulfillment will change to a daily fulfillment.
USPS fiscal end of year processing
Traditional ACS is one of the four ways to participate in ACS, where mailers notifications of undeliverable mail (UAA) and change-of-address (COA) electronically. The Intelligent Mail® barcode is not required to receive Traditional ACS.
ACS is a post mailing service that allows mailers to receive change-of-address (COA) and other reasons for non-delivery electronically and reduce the number of manual (hardcopy) address notifications.
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.
For more information about the OneCode ACS, access firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877-640-0724 .