Who is Eligible to Use Nonprofit Mail?

An organization is eligible to use Nonprofit Mail if it is not organized for profit and none of its net income accrues to the benefit of any private stockholder or individual. Only organizations that meet specific standards and have received special authorization from the United States Postal Service® may mail eligible matter using Nonprofit Mail. Simply being approved for nonprofit status by the IRS does not qualify an organization for the Nonprofit Mail prices.

There are 10 categories of organizations that may be approved for USPS Marketing Mail™ (formerly Standard Mail®)


  1. Agricultural
  2. Educational
  3. Fraternal
  4. Labor
  5. Philanthropic
  6. Religious
  7. Scientific
  8. Veterans
  9. Qualified Political Committees
  10. State or Local Voter Registration Officials

Nonprofit Mail must be presented for mailing (deposited) at a Post Office™ facility where the organization producing the mailing has an approved nonprofit authorization. A separate authorization is required at each Post Office location where Nonprofit Mail price mailings are deposited.

Note: When an organization submits proof that it is granted federal income tax exemption under 26 USC 501(c)(3), as a religious, educational, scientific, or philanthropic (charitable) organization; under 501(c)(5) as an agricultural or labor organization; under 501(c)(8) as a fraternal organization; or under 501(c)(19) as a veterans' organization, it is considered as qualifying for the Nonprofit USPS Marketing Mail prices, unless other evidence discloses some disqualification.

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