Choosing a Service for Mailing

Several mailing services are available to fit your needs.

            Shape     +     Speed     +      Cost     =        Service

Shape  

Speed 

Cost   

Service

This picture shows a letter, large envelope, package, and mailing tube. These shapes can be mailed as Express Mail.
70 lbs or less

1-2 days
guaranteed

$$$
based on weight

Express Mail

This picture shows a large envelope, package, and mailing tube. These shapes can be mailed as Priority Mail
70 lbs or less

1-3 days

$$
based on weight and
distance if over 1 pound

Priority Mail

This picture shows a postcard, letter, large envelope, and small package. These shapes can be mailed as First-Class Mail

13 oz or less

1-3 days

$
based on weight

First-Class Mail

This picture shows a two packages and a mailing tube. These shapes can be mailed as Parcel Mail

70 lbs or less

2-9days

$
based on weight 
and distance

Parcel Post

This picture shows a two packages and a mailing tube. These shapes can be mailed as Media Mail
70 lbs or less

2-9 days

$
based on weight
and content

Media  Mail

This picture shows two packages. These shapes can be mailed as Bound Printed Matter Mail
15 lbs or less

2-9 days

$
based on weight, 
content, and distance

Bound Printed Matter

Express MailŪ
Letters, large or thick envelopes, tubes, and packages containing mailable items can be sent using Express Mail. This guaranteed service includes tracking and insurance up to $100. Delivery to most destinations is available 365 days a year, with no extra charge for Saturday, Sunday, and holiday delivery. Free Express Mail envelopes, boxes, and tubes are available at the Post Office.

Priority MailŪ
Large or thick envelopes, tubes, and packages containing mailable items can be sent using Priority Mail. This service is typically used to send documents, gifts, and merchandise. Free Priority Mail envelopes, boxes, and tubes are available at Mail Services or the Post Office in a variety of sizes to meet various needs.

First-Class MailŪ
Postcards, letters, large envelopes, and small packages can be sent using First-Class Mail. This service is typically used for personal and business correspondence and bills.

Parcel PostŪ
Small and large packages, thick envelopes, and tubes containing gifts and merchandise can be sent using Parcel Post.

Media MailŪ
Small and large packages, thick envelopes, and tubes can be sent using Media Mail. Contents are limited to books, film, manuscripts, sound recordings, video tapes, and computer media (such as CDs, DVDs, and diskettes). Sometimes called "Book Rate," Media Mail cannot contain advertising. Media Mail is less expensive than Parcel Post.

Generally used for books (at least eight pages), film (16 mm or narrower), printed music, printed test materials, video and sound recordings, play scripts, printed educational charts, loose-leaf pages and binders consisting of medical information, and computer-readable media. Advertising restrictions apply.

Bound Printed Matter
Small and large packages and thick envelopes can be sent using this service. Contents are limited to permanently bound sheets of directory, advertising, or editorial matter, such as catalogs or phone books. Bound Printed Matter is less expensive than Parcel Post but more expensive than Media Mail.

Bound Printed Matter (BPM) is Package Services matter (typically catalogs, directories, books, and other printed material) that weighs up to 15 pounds and meets specific eligibility standards. General standards include:

Consists of advertising, promotional, directory, or editorial material (or any combination of these).

Is securely bound by permanent fastening.

Consists of sheets of which at least 90% are imprinted by any process other than handwriting, typewriting with letters, characters, figures, or images (or any combination of these).

Does not have the nature of personal correspondence.

Is not stationery (e.g., pads of blank printed forms).

 

Library Mail

Generally used by qualified libraries, schools, nonprofit organizations, universities, and museums to mail specific types of Package Services matter that meet additional eligibility standards. Mailable items are limited generally to books, recordings, educational, and museum materials; advertising restrictions apply.

 

Specific mailable items may be sent to, from, or between a school, college, university, public library, museum, herbarium, or nonprofit organization (religious, educational, scientific, philanthropic, agricultural, labor, veterans, or fraternal); any such institution, organization, or association, and an individual who has no financial interest in the sale, promotion, or distribution of the materials. Also, there are provisions for publishers to mail specified items to qualified customers.

 

Speed depends on distance. Mail takes longer to travel across the country than to travel across town.

Flat Rate Envelopes let you send your document or package for one low rate, regardless of how much the item weighs. Flat rate envelopes are free and available for Express Mail and Priority Mail in 4 different sizes to accommodate various mailing needs.

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