Policies, Procedures, and Forms Updates


DMM Revision: Postage Stamp Denominations

Effective January 21, 2018, the Postal Service™ will revise Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®), part 604, to update the current postage stamp denominations table and other information related to purchasing stamps and printing stamped envelopes and cards. This revision reflects changes from the January 2018 Price Change.

Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM)

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600 Basic Standards for All Mailing Services

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604 Postage Payment Methods and Refunds

1.0 Stamps

1.1 Postage Stamp Denominations

Postage stamps are available in the following denominations:

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[Revise the table in 1.1 to read as follows:]




Regular Postage


$0.01, .02, .03, .04, .05, .10, $1, $2, $5, $6.70, $10, and $24.70

Coils of 3,000 stamps


Coils of 10,000 stamps

$0.01, .02, .03, .04, .05, and .10

Precanceled Presorted Price Postage –

First-Class Mail and USPS Marketing Mail

Coils of 500, 3,000, and 10,000 stamps

Various nondenominated (available only to permit holders).


Breast Cancer Research, Save Vanishing Species, and Alzheimer’s stamps

Postage value equivalent to FCM single-piece 1-ounce stamped letter price. Price also includes a contribution to the specific cause and a nominal amount to offset costs incurred by the Postal Service in managing the Semipostal program of not less than 15 percent.

Forever Stamp


Panes of up to 20 stamps

If labelled “Forever,” the current FCM 1-ounce stamped letter price.

Booklets of 10 and

20 stamps

Sheetlets of 18 stamps

Coils of 50, 100, 3,000, and 10,000 stamps

Panes of up to 20 stamps

The following Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the applicable price for the price category printed on them, at the time of use:

n The current FCM additional-ounce price.

n FCM non-machinable surcharge price.

n FCM 2-ounce stamped letter price.

n FCM 3-ounce stamped letter price.

n FCM postcard price.

Coils of 100 stamps

The current FCM additional-ounce price and FCM postcard price.

Panes of up to 20 stamps

Commemorative stamps equal the current FCM single-piece 1-ounce stamped letter price. Exception: 3-ounce stamp. If labeled “Global Forever,” the current FCMI 1-ounce stamped letter price.


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[Revise the title and text of 1.6 to read as follows:]

1.6 Stamp Image Use

Postmasters may not advise the public about the reproduction of foreign or domestic postage stamps.

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1.11 Additional Standards for Semipostal Stamps

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a. ***There are two types of semipostal stamps: congressionally mandated and discretionary. The USPS is limited to two congressionally mandated semipostal stamps and five discretionary semipostal stamps, to be issued one at a time, for 2-year terms over a 10-year period.

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1. The Breast Cancer Research semipostal stamp (congressionally mandated).***

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[Revise the first sentence of item b2 to read as follows:]

2. The Save Vanishing Species semipostal stamp (congressionally mandated).***

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[Add new item b3 to read as follows:]

3. The Alzheimer’s semipostal stamp (discretionary). The difference between the purchase price and the First-Class Mail single-piece first-ounce letter price in effect at the time of purchase constitutes a contribution to the National Institutes of Health, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Funds (net of reasonable USPS costs) from the sale of the Alzheimer’s semipostal stamps are transferred to the National Institutes of Health.

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1.12 Paying for Stamps

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Payment may be made in U.S. currency. Foreign or mutilated money is not acceptable. The USPS may require payment of the exact amount of the purchase. Checks are acceptable subject to USPS check-acceptance policy and the assessment of charges to the customer for an uncollectible check returned by the bank. Checks must be drawn on a U.S. bank. The customer must use a money order or certified check if the amount due is sent by mail. Precanceled stamps may not be purchased with a credit card.

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2.0 Stamped Stationery

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2.2 Personalized Stamped Envelopes

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2.2.2 Availability

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Personalized envelopes (stamped envelopes imprinted with a return address) are available online at usps.com/pse, by phone at 800-782-6724, or by mail order. Customers may mail PS Form 3203, with the full payment (by credit card, check drawn on U.S. bank, or money order) for the envelopes ordered, to Stamp Fulfillment Services (see 608.8.0 for address).

2.2.3 Printing Specifications

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a. Any line of printing is limited to 47 characters and spaces (40 characters, if all uppercase).

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[Revise item e. to read as follows:]

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e. Each envelope must bear a return address printed in uppercase and lowercase letters, with flush left margin.

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2.2.7 Premium Options

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[Revise item c. to read as follows:]

c. Script, Times New Roman, or Rockwell font style.

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2.3 Other Stationery

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2.3.4 Printing Specifications

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Printing of personalized stamped cards is subject to these conditions:

a. Any line of printing is limited to 31 characters and spaces (24 characters, if all uppercase).

b. The total number of lines is limited to five.

c. The last two lines of printing must be reserved for the street address or Post Office box number where mail is to be delivered, and the city, state, and ZIP Code.

d. Stamp Development, USPS Headquarters, must approve any printing not permitted under 2.2.4 through 2.2.6. Requests for nonstandard printing are considered on orders of one million or more identical cards. All decisions from Stamp Development are final.

e. Each stamped card must bear a return address printed in uppercase and lowercase letters, with flush left margin, using Arial font and 8-point black type. The firm name or main lines must be in bold type.

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2.4 Stamp Fulfillment Services

2.4.1 Description

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***Stamp Fulfillment Services charges handling fees associated with fulfilling stamp orders.***

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608 Postal Information and Resources

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8.0 USPS Contact Information

8.1 Postal Service

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[Revise the address for Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee to read as follows:]

Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
Washington DC 20260-3501

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We will incorporate these revisions into the next update of the online DMM, which is available via Postal Explorer® at pe.usps.com.