The bulk mail rate can be applied to mailings consisting of letters, post cards or flats. First Class Presort mailings must have a minimum of 500 pieces, and regular bulk and non-profit mailings must have
a minimum of 200 pieces. All the pieces in a bulk mailing must be identical as to size, weight, and content.
Please allow a minimum of two weeks for your bulk mailing to reach your addressees from the time the mailing is received in
It is your responsibility to make sure that your mail piece
content and format is correct. Check to be sure that the service
endorsement used is the correct one. You can check the regulations
If using the non-profit indicia, please check with the post office to be sure that your mail piece qualifies, and use the
correct indicia for your mailing. If incorrect, you may be required to either reprint, manually correct each indicia or pay
additional postage on your mailing. You can have your non-profit artwork approved by contacting the US Postal Service at:
Each piece must have:
- Indicia (permit imprint) either printed or stamped in the upper right corner. The indicia must be
for the correct type of mailing--Non-Profit, Standard Presort or Presorted First Class.
- Ancillary Service Endorsement
- Return Address must be printed or stamped on the upper left corner. The return address must have "Palomar
Community College District" on the top line.
- Mailing Address on each piece must include the correct zip code.
Pieces must be sorted, kept in zip code order and bundled:
A bundle consists of a minimum of 10 pieces and can not be more than 4 inches thick. Please
Note: For flats, the minimum number of pieces per bundle is 15. Please call the Mailroom for additional information.
Securely band each bundle together by using two rubber bands, one stretching lengthwise (thin) and another stretching widthwise (thick).
If your mail piece is large/heavy, use two thick rubber bands. The Post Office needs to be able to toss your bundle 3 to 6 feet
without having it come apart. If it does come apart, the pieces are disposed of. Additional rubber bands are available in the Mailroom.
Complete the sorting in order as shown below. Count every piece in each bundle and write the total number of pieces on
the sticker you will be applying on the lower left corner of each bundle. Stickers are applied only to the top piece of
All envelopes must be sealed or have their flaps tucked in. On single-fold or two-fold flyers, please seal with tape or
coding dots. DO NOT use staples.
Step 1: THREE-DIGIT SORTING
This step is done in order to organize your mailing before you begin making 5 and 3 digit bundles.
While maintaining zip code order, group the pieces by 3-digit zip code (i.e. one bin with 919's, one bin with 920's,
and another with 921's).
Step 2: FIVE-DIGIT BUNDLES
Again while maintaining zip code order, pull from these groups any five-digit zip codes of ten or more pieces and
bundle them together. Place a red label "D" below and to the left of the address on the top piece in each bundle and
write the total number of pieces in that bundle on the red label. After making all the five-digit bundles you can, go
on to step 3. Please Note: For flats, the minimum number of pieces per bundle is 15. Please call the Mailroom for
Step 3: THREE-DIGIT BUNDLES
From the remaining pieces, pull any three-digit zip codes of ten or more pieces and bundle them together. Sort them
into zip code order from lowest to highest. Please Note: For flats, the minimum number of pieces per bundle is 15.
Please call the Mailroom for additional information. Place a green label "3" below and to the left of the address on
the top piece in each bundle. Write the total number of pieces in that bundle on the green label. These bundles
should never include any zip codes that are in the 5 digit bundles. If you find you've missed putting a mail piece
in a 5-digit bundle, find that bundle, add the mail piece to the bundle and edit the number of pieces on the red "D"
label. After making all the three-digit bundles you can, go on to step 4.
Step 4: ZIP CODE ORDER
Organize the remaining pieces in ZIP code order, lowest number to the highest. Once completed,
submit the bulk mailing to the
Mailroom. PLEASE be sure to include your completed
SPECIAL SERVICE REQUEST form.
There is no bulk mail service outside the United States. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the
Mailroom at Extension 2811.
Address Update Requirement
Bulk mailings are required to have addresses
updated within 95 days of the mailing. The least costly option for fulfilling this requirement is to include an ancillary service
endorsement on your mail pieces. You have two options:
- Return Service Requested – If undeliverable, the mail piece is returned with new address
or reason for nondelivery attached. Appropriate single-piece First-Class Mail or Priority Mail price charged.
- Address Service Requested – Address service requested varies by the time period, as set forth in the following table:
|For these months…
|| the Postal Service…
||and your fee is…
||• forwards the mail,
|• and provides a separate hardcopy notice of new address
||$0.75 address correction fee
||• returns the mail with a new address attached
||Weighted fee charged
| > 18
||• returns the mail with the reason for non-delivery attached
||Weighted fee charged
*Weighted fee: Weighted fee is the appropriate single-piece First-Class Mail or Priority Mail price for the piece plus
the nonmachinable surcharge if it applies.
The ancillary service endorsement must be placed in one of four locations on the envelope:
If your mail pieces do not
have one of the two endorsements above, the post office will add a surcharge of approximately $.07 per piece
or they may refuse the mailing.
This requirement does not apply to mailings addressed to ‘Postal Patron’, ‘Resident’, etc. Please contact Diane Cummins, Ext.
2754, if you have any questions.
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