Determining if mail qualifies to be presorted

All questions below need a YES answer in order to presort your mail:

1. Does it meet the USPS size requirements?

  • Letter: Min 3 1/2" X 5", Max 6 1/8" X 11 ½"
  • Postcard: Min 3 1/2" X 5", Max 4 1/4" X 6"
  • Aspect Ratio must be between 1.3 and 2.5 (length divided by the height)

2. Is the weight of Piece less than 3 oz?

3. Is the piece less than 1/4" thick?

4. Is the Bar Code Clear Zone free of all extraneous information?

  • No color or print in the area 5/8" from bottom and 4 3/4" inch from right of the piece

5. If it is a Self Mailer, is it tabbed correctly?

  • Fold on Bottom = Center tab on top
  • Fold on Top = 2 tabs on bottom, within 1" of sides

6. Is the address within the OCR read area?

  • Minimum Height: 5/8" from the bottom
  • Maximum Height: 2 3/4" from the bottom

7. Is the surface dull (not slick)?

Last modified: Jun 23, 2014
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