U.S. Postal Regulations Change The Way You Process Folded Self-Mailers

First of all the definition of a self-mailer is a folded piece that is letter-sized, isn’t mailed in an envelope and doesn’t have a binding.

Note: If it has staples in the fold, it is a defined as a booklet, not a self-mailer, and booklets aren’t affected by these changes.

Since January 5, 2013, the regulations for tabbed mail pieces changed. Changes effect size, placement and type of tabs.

  • All tabs need to be a minimum of 1” in diameter on the mailing piece.
  • The required number of tabs is now based on weight, size and format of the mailer.
  • Mailing pieces that do not meet the new USPS regulations are either rejected by the post office or assessed additional postage.

For example – The mailing address must be on the middle panel of the self-mailer, with the final fold creating the non-address side.

Complete details about the new tabbing regulations are available for the USPS. “Folded Self-Mailer Reference Material”

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