DMM © USPS, Page 1, Effective July 11, 2016
Quick Service Guide
Basic Standards for All Mailing Services 604c
Postage Meters and PC Postage Systems
Postage meters and PC Postage products are collectively identified as “postage evidencing systems.” A
postage evidencing system is a device or system of components a customer uses to print evidence that
postage required for mailing has been paid. Postage evidencing systems print indicia, such as informationbased
indicia (IBI) or intelligent mail indicia, to indicate postage payment. Customers print indicia directly
on a mailpiece or on a label that is affixed to a mailpiece. Customers must place indicia in the upper-right
corner of the mailpiece or label, according to 604.4.3.3.
Customers must enter into an agreement with the USPS for authorization to use postage evidencing
systems. By entering into the agreement, the customer accepts responsibility for control and use of the
system and agrees to abide by all rules and regulations governing its use.
The numerical value of the postage displayed (in dollars and cents) on each mailpiece must be equal to or
greater than the amount due for the applicable price category and any extra service fees or another
amount permitted by mailing standards. Refunds for overpayment are considered only under standards in
Metered postage must be legible and not overlap each other if more than one impression is applied to the
same piece. Metered postage must be printed or applied in the upper right corner of the envelope or
address label. Indicia must be printed with USPS-approved fluorescent ink or use another USPSapproved
method to ensure that the mail is faced during processing. Approved methods include the use of
a facing identification mark (FIM) for indicia printed directly on letter-size First-Class Mail or printing indicia
on USPS-approved label or tape. USPS-approved labels or tapes must be used when meter stamps are
printed on tape (604.4.5).
The date format used in the indicia is subject to the following conditions.
■ Complete Date. Mailers must use a complete date for the following:
1. All Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail, First-Class Mail, and First-Class Package Service pieces.
2. All mailpieces with Insured Mail, COD, or Special Handling service.
3. All mailpieces prepared with the indicia printed on nonadhesive paper (e.g., computer printer paper) and
affixed to the mailpiece or used as part of an insert in a window envelope.
■ Month and Year. Mailers may use a complete date or a mailing date consisting solely of the month and
year in the indicia only for Standard Mail, USPS Retail Ground, and Package Services pieces.
■ No Date. Mailers must use indicia with no mailing date for prepaid metered reply postage. As an option,
mailers may use indicia with no mailing date for Standard Mail and Package Services pieces not subject to
Generally, metered mail must be deposited at locations designated by the postmaster of the licensing post
office (i.e., the Post Office shown in the meter stamp). Exceptions include:
■ Single-piece First-Class Mail, Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail, single-piece Media Mail, and singlepiece
Library Mail may be deposited in any street collection box or Post Office.
■ Drop shipment of metered mail may be used (705.19.0).
The following are USPS-authorized providers:
Provider Meter PC Postage Phone Internet
■ Data-Pac Mailing Systems Corp. X 800-355-1755 www.data-pac.com
■ FP Mailing Solutions X 800-341-6052 www.fp-usa.com
■ Neopost Inc. X 800-624-7892 www.neopostinc.com
■ Pitney Bowes Inc. X X 800-322-8000 www.pitneybowes.com
■ Endicia.com (PSI Systems) X 800-576-3279 www.endicia.com
■ Stamps.com X 888-434-0055 www.stamps.com