Postage Cheat Sheet

Postage Cheat Sheet

Folded Self-Mailers (FSM) and specific non-envelope pieces must be designed to meet standards in order to receive automation letter discounts.

The formal definition of a Folded Self-Mailer — A folded self-mailer is formed of panels created when single or multiple unbound sheets of paper are folded together and sealed to form a letter-size mailpiece. Here are some helpful highlights:

  • FSM maximum size is 6" x 10½"
  • No tabs are allowed on the bottom edge
  • All pieces require specific positioning of glue spots or 2-3 tabs based on mailpiece design
  • The final folded panel creates the non-address side of the mailpiece which may affect the placement of the mailing panel
  • The final fold must be at the bottom or for oblong pieces, the final fold is on the leading edge.

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2018 Postal Holidays

Monday, January 1
New Year’s Day

Monday, January 15
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday

Monday, February 19
Washington’s Birthday (observed)

Monday, May 28
Memorial Day

Wednesday, July 4
Independence Day

Monday, September 3
Labor Day

Monday, October 8
Columbus Day

Monday, November 12
Veterans Day (observed)

Thursday, November 22
Thanksgiving Day

Tuesday, December 25
Christmas Day

ESTIMATED POSTAGE COST PER PIECE*
FIRST CLASS PRESORT (500 piece minimum) FIRST CLASS PRESORT-
AUTOMATION
FIRST CLASS PRESORT-
AUTOMATION
 
Minimum Size
Maximum
Size
Minimum
Thickness
Maximum
Thickness

 

Minimum

Maximum

 

Minimum

Maximum
CARD SIZE** 3 1/2"x5 1/2" 4 1/4"x6" 0.007" 0.016" 1 oz $0.257 $0.274 - - -
LETTER SIZE** 3 1/2"x5 1/2" 6 1/8"x11 1/2"1 0.009" if >4 1/4"x6" 0.250" 1 oz $0.378 $0.424 3.5 oz $0.378 $0.424
FOLDED SELF-MAILER** 3 1/2"x5 1/2" 6"x10 1/2" 0.009" 0.250" 1 oz $0.378 $0.424 3 oz $0.378 $0.424
FLAT SIZE >6 1/8"x11 1/2" 12"x15" 0.009" 0.750" 1 oz $0.474 $0.705 2 oz $0.684 $0.915
PRESORT STANDARD (200 piece minimum) PRESORT STANDARD–
AUTOMATION
PRESORT STANDARD–
ENHANCED CARRIER
 
Minimum Size
Maximum
Size
Minimum
Thickness
Maximum
Thickness

 

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Maximum

 

Minimum

Maximum
LETTER SIZE** 3 1/2"x5 1/2" 6 1/8"x11 1/2"1 0.009" if >4 1/4"x6" 0.250" <3.5 oz $0.220 $0.287 <3.5 oz $0.158 $0.292
FOLDED SELF-MAILER** 3 1/2"x5 1/2" 6"x10 1/2" 0.009" 0.250" <3.0 oz $0.220 $0.287 <3.0 oz $0.158 $0.292
FLAT SIZE >6 1/8"x11 1/2" 12"x15" 0.009" 0.750" <4.0 oz $0.340 $0.598 <4.0 oz $0.156 $0.295
NON-PROFIT (200 piece minimum) PRESORT NON-PROFIT–
AUTOMATION
PRESORT NON-PROFIT–
ENHANCED CARRIER
 
Minimum Size
Maximum
Size
Minimum
Thickness
Maximum
Thickness

 

Minimum

Maximum

 

Minimum

Maximum
LETTER SIZE** 3 1/2"x5 1/2" 6 1/8"x11 1/2"1 0.009" if >4 1/4"x6" 0.250" <3.5 oz $0.105 $0.172 <3.5 oz $0.083 $0.210
FOLDED SELF-MAILER** 3 1/2"x5 1/2" 6"x10 1/2" 0.009" 0.250" <3.0 oz $0.105 $0.172 <3.0 oz $0.083 $0.210
FLAT SIZE >6 1/8"x11 1/2" 12"x15" 0.009" 0.750" <4.0 oz $0.174 $0.432 <4.0 oz $0.073 $0.213
*This is an estimate. Total cost depends upon address totals in mailing list.
***Additional presort options based on mail list.
**Must meet aspect ratio. Effective Janurary 21, 2018
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NOTE: Oversized postcards larger than 4 1/4" x 6", but no
larger than 6 1/8" x 11 1/2" will qualify for letter size postage rates.
Single Piece First Class Letter $0.50 Stamp —
Single Piece First Class Postcard $0.35