Electronic Documentation (eDoc)
To participate in Full-Service Intelligent Mail®, mailers must submit information electronically. This computer-consumable version replaces existing hardcopies and includes the following: postage statement and qualification report.
Business Customer Gateway eDoc Training Series – Postal Wizard and Intelligent Mail for Small Business Tool
Beginning April 26, 2022, the Postal Service will be hosting bi-weekly webinars on utilizing the Business Customer Gateway (BCG) for electronic documentation (eDoc) and postage statement submission. The topics will alternate between using the Postal Wizard (PW) and Intelligent Mail for Small Business Tool (IMsb Tool) applications. Learn how to eliminate hard copy postage statements and submit Full-Service mail! Join us for the first session on Postal Wizard on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at 1:00 PM EST.
Bi-Weekly BCG PW and IMsb Tool training sessions:
• Meeting URL: https://usps.zoomgov.com/j/1615857192?pwd=dGVJTjlYNEFib2FGNmpJL2luZ2ZlZz09
o Meeting ID: 161 585 7192
o Password: 903345
• If requested, enter your name and email address.
• Enter meeting password: 903345
• Join Audio by the options below:
o Call using Internet Audio
o Dial: 1-855-860-4313, 1-678-317-3330 or 1-952-229-5070 & follow prompts
- Electronic Documentation (eDoc) Fact Sheet
- Postal Wizard Fact Sheet
- USPS Technical Specifications for Mail.dat and Mail.xml
- Current Web Service Description Languages (WSDLs)
- Intelligent Mail® for Small Business (IMsb) Fact Sheet
- Industry Session: Business Customer Gateway and Postal Wizard Presentation
Using the eDoc is required for participation in Full-Service Intelligent Mail and streamlines operational efficiency by replacing hardcopy reports with electronic file submission. There are three ways to submit eDocs to PostalOne!®:
- Postal Wizard: Enter Postage Statement information into the PostalOne! website. Available for Full-Service mailings under 10,000 pieces. A manual process, which only supports entry of simple mailings.
- mail.dat: Mailing database created by most software that contains all the information about your mailing, excluding the addresses. Mail.dat submission is the established industry standard and the optimal solution for most mailings.
- mail.xml: A mail communication tool available from advanced software packages that sends only the required mailing information directly to USPS. It's the new industry standard, which is also optimal for most mailings.
Mail.dat® and Mail.XML® users must go through TEM processing (Testing Environment for Mailers). Traditional TEM certification can take weeks, but USPS offers a streamlined process to TEM-certified software users. Work with your USPS contacts for best results.
Postal Wizard is an online tool that gives small-volume mailers a secure, electronic means for submitting postage statements and simplifies calculating postage, checking balance and fees, and viewing mailing reports and mailing history.
This fact sheet contains an overview of the IMsb tool, benefits, and how it works.
Electronic Documentation (eDoc) and Full-Service Authorization Guide for Software Vendors using Mail.dat
This document contains a user guide on eDoc and Full-Service software vendors.
Electronic Documentation (eDoc) and Full-Service Authorization Guide for Software Vendors using Mail.XML
This document contains a user guide for eDoc and Full-Service vendors usings Mail.xml.
This industry presentation provides an overview of the Business Customer Gateway (BCG) and Postal Wizard for new users.
The USPS® Customer Registration ID (CRID) is a unique number that identifies a specific business location involved in a mailing. In order to submit electronic documentation (and receive Full-Service benefits), customers must have a customer registration ID assigned to their business location.
The Mailer Identifier (MID) is a field within the Intelligent Mail barcode that is used to identify mailers. MIDs are assigned by the USPS® to a Mail Owner, Mailing Agent or other service providers who request them.
Seamless Acceptance automates the entry and verification of commercial mailings by leveraging electronic documentation, Intelligent Mail barcodes (IMbs), and information collected from handheld sampling devices and mail processing equipment scans.
The electronic Induction (eInduction) process simplifies the induction of drop shipments and expedited plant load mailings by leveraging existing eDoc, Intelligent Mail Container barcode (IMcb), and handheld scanner technologies to verify payment and preparation of commercial mail containers.
The Mailer Scorecard provides a dashboard view of the results of the letter and flat mailing activity with the Postal Service over a calendar month. This view is available to both the mailer who submitted the electronic documentation for the mailing (eDoc submitter) and the mail owner/mail preparer.