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First Class vs Standard Mail
First-class mail is used for postcards, letters, large envelopes, and small packages.
First-class mail must weigh 13 ounces or less. Pieces over 13 ounces can be sent as Priority Mail.
USPS first-class delivery is given priority over standard mail, and local mail will typically be delivered in 2-3 days. Nationally, first-class mail should be delivered in about 4 days.
First-class mail postage includes forwarding and return services with no additional charge.
Presorted First Class
If you have 500 or more mail pieces, you can choose to presort your mail.
Presorted mail costs the USPS less money to process and deliver, resulting in an approximately 20 percent lower postage rate.
Standard delivery time is the same as first-class mail.
To receive the lower postage rate, the addresses must be grouped by zip code, and be NCOA updated and CASS certified.
Standard Mail usually consists of flyers, circulars, advertising, newsletters, bulletins, catalogs, or other printed pieces that are generally identical in content.
Standard mail must be less than 16 ounces and must meet a minimum quantity of 300 pieces or 50 pounds of mail.
Standard Mail, also known as "bulk mail", and soon will change to “Marketing Mail” is processed by the USPS on a “time available” basis.
Standard mail is not forwarded or returned if undeliverable unless a special endorsement is used.
Standard mail will typically be delivered in under 5 business days locally, but nationwide it could take 2 to 3 weeks, sometimes its faster… but sometimes its slower.
Standard Mail should NOT be used for time-sensitive mail.
As with Presorted First-class, to receive the lower postage rate, the addresses must be NCOA updated, CASS certified, and put into presort order.
Standard Mail is the least expensive postage mode.
Nonprofit Standard Mail
Nonprofit Standard Mail postage is lower than regular prices (up to 70 percent less than first-class mail), but not everyone can qualify.
Nonprofit is a favored postage rate within Standard Mail, and is processed in the same way.
Organizations wishing to mail at nonprofit Standard Mail prices first must be authorized by the Postal Service as eligible. Get a copy of PS Form 3624 This form is available from your postmaster or your business mail entry unit.
More information about Non-Profit Standard Mail can be found at the USPS Publication 417 – Nonprofit Standard Mail Eligibility
What is NCOA and CASS Certification?
What is NCOA?
National Change of Address (NCOALink) "is a secure dataset of approximately 160 million permanent change-of-address (COA) records consisting of the names and addresses of individuals, families and businesses who have filed a change-of-address with the USPS". It is maintained by the United States Postal Service and access to it is licensed to service providers and made available to mailers. The use of NCOALink is required in order to obtain bulk mail rates, as it minimizes the number of UAA (Undeliverable As Addressed) mailpieces saving the mailer money and reducing the USPS's processing of this type of mail.
How it works
NCOALink is a product of the United States Postal Service, USPS, and is used to provide updated and accurate addresses for individuals, families, and businesses. It will also indicate foreign moves and people who have moved with no forwarding address. The addresses in the database are specifically designed to match the USPS requirements The software will update old addresses through the information provided by the postal service. Consumers have the option of changing their address online or filling out the "Change of Address" form at the Post Office when moving.
What is CASS Certification?
The Coding Accuracy Support System (CASS) enables the United States Postal Service (USPS) to evaluate the accuracy of software that corrects and matches street addresses. CASS certification is offered to all mailers, service bureaus, and software vendors that would like the USPS to evaluate the quality of their address-matching software and improve the accuracy of their ZIP+4, carrier route, and five-digit coding.
For software vendors and service bureaus, CASS Certification must be renewed annually with the USPS to meet current CASS Certification cycle requirements.
CASS Certified products are listed in USPS literature and on its web site.
CASS software will correct and standardize addresses. It will also add missing address information, such as ZIP codes, cities, and states to ensure the address is complete. Starting with 2007 Cycle L, CASS software will also perform delivery point validation to verify whether or not an address is a deliverable address and check against the USPS Locatable Address Conversion System to update addresses that have been renamed or renumbered.
A correct address saves the Postal Service time, money and manpower by reducing the volume of 1) non-deliverable mail; 2) unsorted mail; 3) mail that is deliverable, but requires extra effort to determine the proper location to which it should be delivered. Mailers who use CASS software to check the addresses of their mailing may be able to qualify for discounted postage rates from the USPS.
An example of what CASS software will correct in an address:
The input of:
Produces the output of:
1 MICROSOFT WAY
REDMOND WA 98052-8300
Here the street and city name misspellings have been corrected; street suffix, ZIP code and ZIP+4 add-on have been added; and, in this case, the address was determined to be the location of a business. In addition to an updated address, CASS software can also return descriptive information about the address. The information falls into two categories:
1. If the address was successfully processed, or if not then why,
2. Information on how to deliver the mailing.