STANDARD MAIL (THIRD
Printed matter weighing less than 16 ounces may be sent as Standard
Mail. For this standard, printed matter means paper on which words,
letters, characters, figures, images or any combination not having the
character of a bill or statement of account or of actual or personal
correspondence and are reproduced by any process other than handwriting
Computer-prepared material is considered printed
matter. It is not considered to have the character of actual or personal
correspondence. Computer generated signatures are acceptable for
Standard Mail pieces, if computer printed on each mailing piece (not
photocopies). Pen or ink signatures make the piece First Class, not
Standard Mail is not sealed against postal inspection.
Regardless of physical closure, the mailing of articles at Standard Mail
rates of postage is consent by the mailer to postal inspection of the
Campus Mail Service or Publications will go over your
mailing pieces before it is printed to make sure it conforms to Post
Office mail preparation requirements. Contact Mail Services at 271-4335.
Each standard mail (third class) bulk mailing must consist of a minimum
of 200 pieces or 50 pounds. All pieces in the mailing must be identical
in size, weight, content and color. The mailing must be zip-code sorted
and separated into trays according to Post Office requirements before it
is brought to the Mail Service department to be processed.
All standard bulk mailing must arrive in the mailroom in either
postal letter trays or flat tubs. Tubs and trays are available from the
Standard mail must include:
- 200 or more pieces.
- Proper return address:
Missouri Western State University
4525 Downs Drive
St Joseph MO 64507-2294
The proper format of Non-Profit Permit indicia must be on each
piece. (permit 32)
The piece design must meet all Post Office requirements, please
check with Mail Services before printing.
One sheet flyers will need to be taped at the open edge and also on
the right side to help them run through the postal sorting
equipment. Please do not use staples.
The wording "Return Service
Requested" needs to be printed on each piece 1/4" below the return
address. This wording keeps us in compliance with the post office
regulations about updating our mailing list. It is the cheapest way
without the purchasing of equipment and software. The piece will be
returned with the new address or reason for non-delivery attached. The
charge for the return will be "Single Piece Rate"...which means returned
at first class rate not bulk.
If you are using an outside mailing
source and sending mail at the "enhanced carrier route" rates, please
ask your vendor about the mailing regulations. These differ from what we
use on campus.