Qualifications for Automation Rates
The Postal Service gives discounts to those that automate their
mailings. To qualify for such savings, the Post Office has certain
requirements. While many of these requirements will be handled by us
(sorting documentation by PAVE certified software, CASS certification of barcodes, and bar coded tray or sack tags), there
are some things that businesses should be aware of before designing
their mail piece.
All classes of automated mail must
demonstrate that they have updated the addresses in their mailing
lists within 95 days prior to the mailing date. The four U.S.P.S.
approved updating methods include:
selfmailers may have to be tabbed or
sealed shut depending on the design and class of the piece.
letter-size reply cards and envelopes (including business
reply, and metered reply mail) provided as enclosures must
be automation-compatible and bear a Facing Identifcation Mark
(FIM) and correct barcode for the address to which the piece is
- Mailpieces must be flexible. Generally, small coins or credit cards firmly affixed to the contents of the mailpiece are acceptable if the mailpiece and its contents can bend easily around an 11-inch drum. Rigid items, such as pencils, keys, large coins, etc, cannot be sent with automation mail.