Standard Mail

Basic Standards:

  • Standard Mail consists of mailable matter that is:
    • Not mailed, nor required to be mailed, as First Class Mail or
    • Not entered as Periodicals.
  • Incidental First-Class matter may be enclosed in or attached to Standard Mail without payment of First-Class postage.
  • An incidental First-Class attachment or enclosure must be matter that, if mailed separately:
    • would require First-Class postage,
    • is closely associated with but secondary to the host piece
    • and is prepared not to encumber postal processing.
  • An incidental First-Class attachment or enclosure may be a bill for the product or publication, a statement of account for past products or publications, or a personal message or greeting included with a product, publication, or parcel.
  • Standard Mail includes matter formerly classified as third-class mail.
  • Regardless of physical closure, the mailing of articles at Standard Mail rate constitutes consent by the mailer to postal inspection of the contents.
  • Standard Mail must weigh less than 16 ounces.
  • Circulars, including printed letters that, according to internal evidence, are sent in identical terms to more than one person are Standard Mail. A circular does not lose its character as such if a date and the individual names of the addressee and sender are written (handwritten or typewritten) on the circular or written corrections of typographical errors are made on the circular.
  • Printed matter weighing less than 16 ounces may be sent as Standard Mail. For this standard, printed matter means paper on which words, letters, characters, figures, or images (or any combination of them), not having the character of a bill or statement of account or of actual or personal correspondence, are reproduced by any process other than handwriting or typewriting.
  • Must have 200 pieces or have a total weight of 50 lbs to be mailed at Standard Mail Rates.
  • Preparation is required, please see Bulk Mail Instructions.
  • Note: Failure to get your proof or mail piece approved by the Mailroom Manager prior to printing could result in your mailing not meeting certain criteria and/or being rejected by the US Postal Service. All Standard mailings and Proofs should be approve by the Mailroom Manager regardless of the following:
    • Who created the piece
    • Where it came from
    • Identical pieces have been sent before (it may have been wrong before, or regulations may have changed)
  • Also: Certain colors, shapes and sizes should not be mailed, please see Mail Piece Design or contact the Mailroom Manager with any questions you may have.