How do I get Started with Bulk Mailing?

You can prepare and send your mail yourself or with the help of a mail service provider. There are local and national business mail support vendors with the understanding of prepping and sending mail. 

To prepare your mail yourself:

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  1. Choose how you want to pay for your postage.
    • Postage Meter
    • Permit Imprint
    • Precanceled Stamps
  2. You can obtain a permit by either applying online through the Business Customer Gateway, if applicable, or completing PS Form 3615, Mailing Permit Application and Customer Profile, available from your local business mail entry unit or Post Office®.
  3. Take your completed Form 3615 to your local Business Mail Entry Unit (BMEU) or Post Office. You will need 2 forms of identification (one must contain a photograph) as well as the completed form. You will not be required to pay the annual fee when you submit your form, but may instead wait until you send your first mailing.
    • Acceptable Photo IDs:
      • Valid driver’s license or state non-driver’s identification card
      • Armed forces, government, university, or recognized corporate identification card
      • Passport, alien registration card, or certificate of naturalization
    • Acceptable Non-Photo IDs:
      • Current lease, mortgage, or deed of trust
      • Voter or vehicle registration card
      • Home or vehicle insurance policy
  4. The Postal Service will give you a permit number and a receipt. You’ll need your permit number for each mailing you complete.
  5. When you’re ready to send your first mailing, be sure to bring the following:
    • Signed and dated postage statement(s)
    • Supporting documentation
    • Check, credit card or cash to cover additional postage
    • A check for your annual mailing fee

What the USPS will do when you arrive with your business mail shipment

  • The acceptance clerk checks to make sure that you’ve prepared your mail properly.
  • Eligibility of contents [for USPS Marketing Mail™ (formerly Standard Mail®), the clerk will actually open one of your mailpieces to check that the contents qualify for the rate you’re claiming]
  • Markings and endorsements
  • Sortation
  • Postage payment.
    • If you’re paying with permit imprint, the clerk will check to see that there’s enough money in your advance deposit account to cover the cost of your mailing.
    • In some instances, there may be problems with your mail. If your mail is not presorted correctly, the clerk will point the problems out to you and tell you how to fix the sortation.
    • If there a

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