Automation/Design Checklist
  • Does the mail piece meet aspect ratio requirements for automation letter rates? (width\height = 1.3 to 2.5)
  • Does paper color allow enough contrast for bar code to work? (darker blues, greens and reds especially cause problems)
  • Will final dimensions be less than 6.125" tall and 11.5" wide? (outside either will bump you into higher postage)
  • Will finished piece be less than 3.3 ounces and less than .25" thick? (if heavier or thicker, higher postage and processing rates will apply).
  • If not using offset stock will the coated stock used accept ink without smearing? (most types are okay but if in doubt samples should be run).
  • If a 1 page self-mailer are you using at least 28#/70# paper? (minimum required for automation, 1 tab needed if final fold on bottom)
  • If multiple pages, is paper used at least 24#? (may use 1 tab if final fold is on bottom, 2 tabs if final fold is on top)
  • If multiple pages, is paper used at least 20#? (two tabs whether final fold is on the bottom or top)
  • If a postcard, is it at least 3.5" x 5" and no more than 4.25" x 6"? (stock must be at least 7pt. finished, if larger, then 9pt. finished)
  • If a reply piece is included, does it have a FIM code and the correct address bar code? (artwork to be obtained from the USPS)
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