Domestic Mail Classes

Express Mail

Express mail provides next day or second day delivery of letters and packages. It is fast, efficient, and the most expensive postal rate. It provides insurance against loss, damage or rifling up to $100 at no additional cost. Insurance for higher coverage may be purchased at an addition cost. Express Mail may be tracked on the internet at usps.com. A Flat Rate Express envelope is also available..

Priority Mail

Priority Mail is First Class Mail weighing more than 13 ounces. You can also send pieces weighing less than 13 ounces as Priority, and they will be charged at the Priority rate minimum. Priority Mail receives expedited handling and transportation. Postage is charged on a per-piece basis according to weight and postal zone. There are flat rate priority envelopes and boxes available.

First Class

First class mail is usually hand-written or typed correspondence, statements of account, or other matter having the character of personal correspondence. However, any item that is mailable and can be transported safely by air can be mailed at the First Class rates. First Class rates apply to pieces weighing 13 ounces or less. First Class Mail weighing over 13 ounces is charged postage at Priority Mail rates.

Standard Mail

Standard mail is printed matter, or other mailable material that weighs 16 ounces or less and is not subject to first class rates. Standard mail includes mechanically duplicated materials, such as, photocopied letters, announcements, newsletters, and catalogs as long as the material is not personalized and if signed the signature is duplicated. Standard mail can have a handwritten or typewritten date, sender’s or addressee’s name, or corrections of typographical errors without losing the Standard mail classification. Standard mail must be prepared in a mailing that contains a minimum of 200 pieces or 50 pounds of qualifying mail. Each piece in the mailing must be identical in size and weight. Size standards and nonstandard sizes are the same as for first class mail, and a surcharge will be assessed for nonstandard articles. ( Please contact the mailroom for information on Preparation Guide)


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