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Endorsements

In an effort to reduce the volume of undeliverable as addressed (UAA) in the postal system, the U.S. Postal Service has simplified the endorsements used on outgoing mail. Postal endorsements are commonly used for address correction, forwarding and return services. 

Mail Services has ink-jet machinery that can correct an improper endorsement or add an endorsement on your mail piece. This can be done for a nominal fee in conjunction with the ink-jet labeling process or as a separate function.

Endorsements are not required. If you elect to use one, however, "address service requested" is recommended for first class mail and "return service reqested" is recommended for standard mail (formerly referred to as third class or bulk mail).

In addition to changing the endorsement wording, additional placement locations are now permissable. Placement can be in any of the four following locations:

1) Below the return address.
2) To the direct left of the postage or indicia
3) Directly under the postage or indicia
4) Above the address block.

In all placements, there must be a clear space of one quarter of an inch around the endorsement and the font used can be no smaller that the eight point size.

If you have any questions, you can contact Janie Niemer at x4260. If you need to have endorsements corrected or added, please contact Warren Krutzik at x2379.

Below is a chart listing the new endorsements and what service the endorsement will provide. The cost of the service is based on the class of mail you are using.

 

Endorsements and USPS Actions

   Fees
Mailer Endorsement & USPS Action
 Priority Mail & First-Class Mail Standard Mail (A)  Standard Mail (B)
Address Service Requested1
Forwarding and return. New address notification provided.
Months 1 through 12: mailpiece forwarded; separate notice of new address provided; address correction fee charged 
 
 Forwarding at no charge. Forwarding at no charge. Forwarded locally at no charge; out of town as postage due.
Months 13 through 18: mailpiece returned with new address attached 
 
 No charge. Standard Mail (A) weighted fee charged 2. Return postage charged at appropriate single-piece rate.
After 18 months or if undeliverable: mailpiece returned with reason for non-delivery attached  No charge.  Standard Mail (A) weighted fee charged 2. Returned if undeliverable or if addressee refused to pay postage due. Forwarding (where attempted) and return postage charged at appropriate single-piece rate.
Forwarding Service Requested
Forwarding and return. New address notification provided only for return.
Months 1 through 12: mailpiece forwarded.  No charge.  No Charge. Forwarded locally at no charge; out of town as postage due.
Months 13 through 18: mailpiece returned with new address attached.  No charge. Standard Mail (A) weighted fee charged 2.  Returned if undeliverable or if addressee refused to pay postage due. Forwarding (where attempted) and return postage charged at appropriate single-piece rate.
After 18 months or if ndeliverable: mailpiece returned with reason for non-delivery attached  No charge. Standard Mail (A) weighted fee charged.2. Returned if undeliverable or if addressee refused to pay postage due. Forwarding (where attempted) and return postage charged at appropriate single-piece rate.
Return Service Requested
No forwarding, only return. New address notification provided.
Mailpiece returned with new address or reason for nondelivery attached.  No charge. Standard Mail (A) single-piece rate charged. Return postage charged at appropriate single-piece rate.

Change Service Requested

No forwarding or return. New address notification provided.
Separate notice of new address or reason for nondelivery provided; in either case, address correction fee charged; mailpiece disposed of by USPS.  See footnote 3.  See footnote 1.  See footnote 1.
No Endorsement
     
Action handled by class of mail.  Same as USPS action for "Forwarding Service Requested." Mailpiece diposed of by USPS.(No exception for Single-Piece Standard Mail. Single-Piece Standard Mail must be endorsed if forwarding or return is desired.) Same as USPS action for "Forwarding Service Requested."

1Valid for all mailpieces including Address Change Service(ACS) participating mailpieces.
2Weighted fee is appropriate Single-Piece Standard Mail(A) rate multiplied by the factor 2.472.
3Option available only via electronic Address Correction Service(ACS) and only letters and sealed parcels and stamped cards and postcards subclasses. Not available for Priority Mail or mail with special services(e.g., certified or registered mail).