mail addressed to ZIP Codes listed on the EMMS
network that have a 2- or 3-day service standard. When
mail is presented after the cut-off time for articles
addressed to addresses that are on the network for
2-day delivery, the MPO clerk must inform the mailer
that the article will be delivered by the third day. In this
instance the accepting clerk must check the 3-day
instead of the 2-day delivery block of Label 11-B.
When a customer presents an Express Mail article for
mailing after the cut-off time, and it is addressed to an
address where there is only a 3-day delivery, the
finance clerk should not accept the article. The clerk
should ask the customer if they desire to come back on
the next business day, or the customer can buy an
Express Mail stamp. If the customer purchases an
Express Mail stamp, the clerk must advise the
customer to complete the Label 11-B, affix the label
and stamp to the article, and deposit it in a collection
box. On the next business day, a finance clerk will
complete the date and time of acceptance blocks on the
Label 11-B, cancel the Express Mail stamp with a
flagstamp cancellation device, then remove and mail
the customers copy of Label 11-B to the mailer.
Finance clerks must also consider weekends and
holidays when accepting Express Mail to ensure
Express Mail items accepted can be delivered within
the 2- or 3-day service standard.
Identify and process
All mailable matter may be sent as First-Class
Mail if the proper amount of postage is paid. In
addition, the following items should only be mailed as
· Matter that is wholly or partially handwritten or
· Matter that is closed against postal inspection.
Material that is wrapped or packaged so that it
cannot be examined easily or examined without
destruction or serious damage should be
considered closed against postal inspection and
must be charged the applicable First-Class rate
· Other matter having the characteristics of actual
and personal correspondence.
· Bills and statements of accounts. A bill is a
request for payment of a definite sum of money
claimed to be owed by the addressee either to the
sender or to a third party.
EXAMPLES OF FIRST-CLASS MATTER
Examples of material that must be mailed at the
First-Class rate of postage include the following:
· Handwritten or typewritten matter, including
identical copies prepared by automatic
typewriter and manifold or carbon copies of such
matter. Handwritten or typewritten matter does
not include all matter produced by computers,
but computer-prepared material is subject to the
First-Class rate of postage if it has the character
of actual and personal correspondence.
· Autograph albums containing writing.
· Notebooks or blank books containing written or
typewritten entries or stenographic or shorthand
· Blank printed forms filled out in writing, such as
notices, certificates, and checks either canceled
· Printed price lists containing written figures
changing individual items.
· Printed cards or letters bearing a written date,
where the date is not the date of the card but gives
information as to when something will occur or
· Any matter that contains the endorsement
POST CARD or DOUBLE POST CARD.
A stamped card is a card sold by the USPS with a
postage stamp printed or impressed on it, used for the
transmission of messages.
A double-stamped card
consists of two attached stamped cards. Each card has
printed or impressed thereon a postage stamp of the
First-Class card rate, one of which may be detached by
the receiver and returned by mail as a reply. Stamped
cards may be requisitioned from the NPFO for sale at
your customer service windows.
Postcards are privately printed mailing cards for
the transmission of messages. They may be purchased