Postal Regulations

When mailing through the U.S. Postal Service, getting it right is imperative. A piece folded incorrectly or sized unconventionally can cost you dearly in postage. That’s where the experts at Prisma can help. Our in-house consultants can review your mail piece to ensure it meets postal requirements. Processing over 2 million pieces a month… we know mail. And we can help you.

2017 USPS Postal Information


FIRST-CLASS MAIL RATES
Non-Auto (Under 1 oz.) Letters Cards Flats
Metered Single Piece (Machinable Letter) 46.0¢
Stamped Single Piece (Machinable Letter) 49.0¢ 34.0¢ 98.0¢
Presorted (Machinable) 45.3¢ 28.4¢ 79.8¢
Automation (Under 2 oz.) Letters Cards Flats
Mixed AADC 42.3¢ 27.4¢  Ask for
AADC 40.3¢ 26.6¢  quote
5-digit 37.3¢ 25.3¢

USPS MARKETING MAIL RATES  (Up to 3.5oz)  (Up to 4.0oz)
Automation Letters Flats
Mixed AADC 28.8¢
Mixed ADC 55.0¢
AADC 27.1¢
ADC 53.3¢
3-digit 47.8¢
5-digit 25.1¢ 38.7¢
CR Basic 29.0¢ 29.0¢
CR High Density 19.9¢ 24.8¢
CR High Density Plus 19.6¢ 22.8¢
CR Saturation 18.6¢ 21.8¢

NON-PROFIT MAIL RATES  (Up to 3.5oz)  (Up to 4.0oz)
Automation (Under 3.3 oz.) Letters Flats
Mixed AADC 17.1¢
Mixed ADC 40.7¢
AADC 15.4¢
ADC 39.0¢
3-digit 33.5¢
5-digit 13.4¢ 24.4¢
CR Basic 20.9¢ 20.9¢
CR High Density 11.8¢ 16.7¢
CR High Density Plus 11.5¢ 14.6¢
CR Saturation 11.1¢ 13.6¢

PHOENIX METRO (LOCAL RATES)
USPS MARKETING MAIL RATES (Up to 3.5oz) (Up to 4.0oz)
Automation Letters Flats
AADC 23.7¢
ADC 48.1¢
3-digit 42.6¢
5-digit 21.7¢ 33.5¢
CR Basic 25.2¢ 25.2¢
CR High Density 16.8¢ 19.4¢
CR High Density Plus 16.5¢ 17.4¢
CR Saturation 15.5¢ 16.4¢
PHOENIX METRO (LOCAL RATES)
NON-PROFIT MAIL RATES (Up to 3.5oz) (Up to 4.0oz)
Automation (Under 3.3 oz.) Letters Flats
ADC 11.5¢ 34.0¢
3-digit 11.5¢ 28.5¢
5-digit 09.6¢ 19.4¢
CR Basic 17.1¢ 17.8¢
CR High Density 09.0¢ 11.8¢
CR High Density Plus 08.7¢ 11.3¢
CR Saturation 07.7¢ 08.8¢

EDDM – EVERY DOOR DIRECT MAIL
Standard 16.5¢ – 21.9¢
Nonprofit 08.3¢ – 13.7¢
No mailing list required.
To receive these rates, please add $200 transportation fee.
Minimum Quantities
First Class Postage No minimum
First Class Presorted 500+ pieces
Standard Presorted 200+ pieces
Non Profit Presorted 200+ pieces

SIZES AND SPECIFICATIONS
First Class Postcards Min Max
Height 3.5″ 4.25″
Length 5″ 6″
Thickness .007″ 0.16″
Weight: max weight 3.5 oz.
Letters (All Classes) Min Max
Height 3.5″ 6.125″
Length 5″ 11.5″
Thickness .007″ .25″
Weight: max weight 3.5 oz.
FSM (Folded Self-Mailers) Min Max
A folded self-mailer is formed of panels that are created when one or more unbound sheets of paper are folded together and sealed to make a letter-size mail piece.The spine needs to be on the bottom edge unless it’s designed as an oblong FSM then the spine is on the leading edge.
Height 3.5″ 6″
Length 5″ 10.5″
Thickness .009″ .25″
Weight 3 oz.
Paper basis weight – Book grade
70lb minimum for pieces weighing 1 oz or less
80lb minimum for pieces weighing over 1 oz
Booklets/Slim Jims Min Max
Booklets consist of bound sheets or pages; bound by staples or glue. The spine needs to be on the bottom edge unless it’s designed as an oblong booklet,then the spine is on the leading edge.
Height 3.5″ 6″
Length 5″ 10.5″
Thickness .009″ .25″
Weight: max weight 3 oz.
Automation Compatible Flat-Size Mail Min Max
Height 6.125″ 12″
Length 11.5″ 15″
Thickness .009″ .75″
Weight: under 13 oz (FC) under 15.99 oz (STD)