Posts filed under ‘Postal Regulations’

What is the NCOA?

NCOA stands for National Change of Address. When a consumer turns in a card stating they’ve moved, the information is put into the NCOA system. The NCOA system updates both consumers and businesses who have notified the post office of their address change.

To qualify for discount postage rates, the list must be run through some type of Move Update program. This is for both First Class and Standard Class Mail service. We are not required to run the list through this program if you have “Current Resident” or “Current Business” added to the address area.

As of November 2008, all presorted mailings must undergo name and address correction within 95 days of the last mailing. The Postal Service has approved several methods to meet the Move Update requirements. At PostcardMania, we utilize the NCOA (National Change of Address) program to comply with the Move Update requirement.


June 2, 2009 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

Mailing Regulations Update

This is from an e-mail from the USPS and I thought it could help clarify some of the post office regulations and plans:

DMM Advisory

Pricing and Classification — keeping you informed about the prices and mailing standards of the United States Postal Service

New Letter-Size Booklet Standards and Folded Self-Mailer Recommendations

Our new standards for letter-size booklets and folded self-mailers will include only recommendations for folded self-mailers, rather than requirements. We will continue to work with the mailing industry to test folded self-mailer designs and further explore mailing options before finalizing these standards.

The required standards will detail our changes for booklets mailed at automation and machinable letter prices. We’ll use the DMM Advisory to let you know when the requirements for letter-size booklets and recommendations for folded self-mailers are available on Postal Explorer.

The Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) is available on Postal Explorer ( To subscribe to the DMM Advisory, send an e-mail to Simply indicate “subscribe” in the subject.”

Hope this helps!

May 28, 2009 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

Do you have information about the new postal regulations for self mail pieces?

As of right now, the post office has not changed their postal regulations. They discussed making the change but decided against it when many large mailers complained. I’ll keep you posted with changes and updates!

May 21, 2009 at 3:40 pm Leave a comment


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