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New Postal Regulations for Self-mailers

Oct 22, 2012 9:00:02 AM

Effective January 5, 2013 the Postal Service will revise Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) 201.3.14, to provide new standards for folded self-mailers (FSM) and non-enveloped mail pieces that are mailed at automation or machinable prices.

The Physical Characteristics are as follows:

  • Maximum height is 6 inches
  • Minimum height remains 3.5 inches
  • Maximum length is 10.5 inches
  • Minimum length remains 5 inches.
  • Maximum thickness remains .25 inches
  • Minimum thickness remains .007 for postcard sized pieces and .009 for letter sized pieces
  • Maximum weight remains 3 ounces
  • Aspect ratio remains 1.3 – 2.5
  • Maximum number of panels: 12
  • The final fold must be on the bottom, for oblong pieces the final fold must be on the leading edge
  • There are different rules for newsprint, please consult the DMM

If you are in the process of designing your next self-mailer or have questions please contact your ADM representative. We will be happy to help you navigate these new requirements.

Amanda Botzer

Written by Amanda Botzer

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