Monday, September 10

Extra Postage -- for US Residents

I read this information on Nancy's site this morning, and I thought I would pass it along.

The United States Postal Service is really cracking down on what they term as non-machinable mail. Save yourself some headaches, and purchase some $.17 stamps to add to your $.41 stamps, or purchase some of their $.58 stamps. You can purchase postage stamps online and get more information at

Here are the USPS's characteristics for non-machinable mail. If you send anything through USPS with these characteristics, they require an additional $.17 postage.

* It is a square letter (minimum size for square envelopes is 5 x 5 inches).
* It is too rigid - does not bend easily
* It has clasps, string, buttons, or similar closure devices.
* It has an address parallel to the shorter dimension of the letter
* It contains items such as pens that cause the surface to be uneven
* The length divided by height is less than 1.3 or more than 2.5.

Basically all those ribbons, eyelets, brads, hardware, dimensional items that we put on our cards make it bumpy, creating an uneven surface. Therefore, USPS cannot process those envelopes through their machine.

Thought you might want to know!

More First Class Letter information

Minimum Height: 3-1/2", Minimum Length: 5"
Maximum Height: 6-1/8", Maximum Length: 11-1/2"
Minimum Thickness: 0.007", Maximum Thickness: 1/4"
A first class letter weighing over ONE ounce requires $.58 postage


Rose Ann said...

This is good information to know. Thank you for sharing!

Tina said...

Wowo, good information to have. Thanks a bunch for sharing!


Melissa said...

I groaned when I read this yesterday on Nancy's blog! I guess it's better to know than to only put the .41 and have it returned though huh?

Thanks Corie!

Dawn Easton said...

I know when I mail to the States from Canada it costs me mail a regular card is 93 cents... I always double it JUST in case...LOL
Great info that you shared!

Nancy Grant said...

Thanks for the information. I will share it over at my blog too.


Theresa said...

Thanks for sharing the info! I think a couple of my cards are MIA and this may be why!!!

Juliann said...

I thought the post office lady was doing a lot of squeezin on my last card! HAHA!

Eleanor said...

Good info. Thanks for sharing =)

Stampin' Meg said...

I practically always tke my mail up to the counter now because they have made it all so tricky with the new rules- even the clerks are unhappy about it!

Rhiannon said...

I also heard that you need to be able to bend the envie a full inch...thanks for the useful info :)