transportation. Special handling service is available
ONLY for First-Class Mail, Priority Mail, and
Standard Mail (B) (Parcel Post, Bound Printed Matter,
Special Standard Mail, and Library Mail). It can be
combined with insured articles and return receipt for
DO NOT charge a surcharge when standard mail
articles are mailed special handling, but if they qualify
for a discount, give a discount.
The applicable special handling fee must be paid in
addition to the appropriate rate of postage for each
article for which special handling service is requested.
Refer to Module R of the DMM for the correct fee.
The endorsement SPECIAL HANDLING must
appear, prominently, above the address and to the right
of the return address on each piece for which special
handling service is requested. See figure 5-7.
CERTIFICATES OF MAILING
At times postal customers may want a receipt as
evidence of mailing an article, but they do not want to
register, certify, or insure the article. The mailer may
be provided a receipt for ordinary mail by purchasing a
Certificate of Mailing (PS Form 3817). Advise the
mailer that certificates of mailing furnish evidence of
mailing only. Certificates of mailing do not insure the
article against loss or damage. A signature is not
obtained from the addressee for the article. This
service is available for all classes of mail.
Certificates of mailing are prepared by the mailer.
The finance clerk collects the fee and gives the mailer
an equal amount of stamps. The customer should affix
the stamps in the upper right-hand corner of the
The finance clerk compares the
information on the form with that on the article and
cancels the stamp(s) with a flagstamp cancellation
The fee paid for a Certificate of Mailing is in
addition to the postage required to mail the article(s).
The fee for a Certificate of Mailing can be found in
Module R of the DMM.
Completing the Required Form
PS Form 3817 (see figure 5-8), is used for each
piece of ordinary mail of any class. As stated earlier,
the mailer completes the form before presenting the
article to a clerk for mailing. Once the correct postage
and fee is collected, the postage is affixed on the
article, and the stamp(s) or meter tape used for the fee
is affixed to the space provided on the PS Form 3817.
Figure 5-5. An example of an Insured Mail Receipt PS Form 3813-P.