Postage permits or indicias are marking on your mail piece that tells the postal service what class of mail you are sending your piece at and which account to take the postage from. They are an alternative to a live postage stamp or a meter. If you are using a mailing service to process your mail, they will offer a postal permit that you can borrow for use on your mailpiece. If you would like to get one yourself, there is a price per class of mail, per year. Contact your local bulk mail center for details.
Preparation – Permits may be imprinted by a printing press, hand stamp, lithography, mimeograph, multigraph, address plate, ink-jet machine or similar device. They may not be typewritten or hand-drawn.
Legibility – The imprint must be legible, of at least 4 pts. In type size and of a color that contrasts sufficiently with the paper or printing on the mail piece.
Placement – The entire permit must be aligned parallel with the address of the mailpiece and placed in the upper right-hand corner of the address area or the address label. The position of the permit may be varied so that data processing equipment can simultaneously print the address, indicia, and other postal information. But regardless, the indicia must not encroach on reserved space on the mailpiece such as the OCR read area.
Wording – There are two types of permit for each class of mail.
Standard permits are used when a company has an account with a particular city of the postal service. Below are some examples of the permit wording for standard permits. Make sure you use you or your mailhouses correct Permit # and correct city the permit is held in.
First Class Presorted Non-profit Standard mail
Non-presorted First Class (bulk mail)
A company permit is used when a company has permits with more than one city of the postal service. Below are some examples of the permit wording for company permits. Make sure you use you or your mailhouses correct company name the permit is held in.