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First Class Mail vs. Standard Mail

01 Mar
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First Class Mail vs. Standard Mail

If you are looking for someone to process your mail online, it’s important to understand your options. This is essential when it comes to finding the right partner that will ensure your mail gets to the right place at the right time.

First Class Mail

First-class mail is used for postcards, letters, large envelopes, and small packages. First-class mail must weigh 13 ounces or less.

USPS first-class delivery is given priority over standard mail, and local mail will typically be delivered in 2-3 days. Nationally, first-class mail should be delivered in about 4 days. First-class mail postage includes forwarding and return services with no additional charge.

Standard Mail

Standard Mail usually consists of flyers, circulars, advertising, newsletters, bulletins, catalogs, or other printed pieces that are generally identical in content.

Standard mail requires it be less than 16 ounces and must meet a minimum quantity of 200 pieces or 50 pounds of identical mail.  Foreign mail cannot be sent standard mail.

Standard Mail, also known as “bulk mail” or “marketing mail”, is processed by the USPS on a “time available” basis. Standard mail is not forwarded or returned if undeliverable unless a special endorsement is used. Standard mail will typically be delivered in under 5 business days locally, but nationwide it could take 2 to 3 weeks. Standard Mail should not be used for time-sensitive mail.

There are two main factors to consider when deciding whether to use First Class mail or Standard. Standard mail is less expensive than First Class, however, it can also take 2-3 weeks to be delivered.  Standard mail also cannot contain any personally identifying information other than the name and address.  You may see these type mailings going to “Current Resident” as well.  Knowing what’s offered can help you decide on what you need. No matter what your needs are, it helps to know how to evaluate the situation and figure out which method works best for you.

At PostalMethods we send all our documents vis USPS First Class mail. Our helpful and friendly support staff are here to help you with any questions you may have. For more information, give us a call or email us at support@postalmethods.com.