Mail Design Checklist

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  • 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 3.5 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).


  • If multiple pages, is paper used at least 24#?


  • Will staples be used in the binding of your mail piece?  This likely will mean it's a booklet and will require booklet tabbing.


  • 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)