How do I get started with BRM/QBRM?

  1. Discuss your BRM/QBRM needs with a mailing requirements clerk. Contact the Mailing and Shipping Solutions Center, toll-free at 877-672-0007. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time (closed federal holidays).
  2. Complete and then submit PS Form 3615, Mailing Permit Application and Customer Profile and PS Form 6805, BRM/QBRM Application for ZIP+4 Code Assignment/Validation and QBRM Approval to the mailing requirements clerk.
  3. Set up an IMb and a Mailer ID (MID) with the help of your election mail coordinator at https://gateway.usps.com/eAdmin/view/signin.
    1. For more information on creating an IMb for Election Mail, see the IMb Fact Sheet included in this kit.
  4. Design a new BRM/QBRM return ballot envelope with advice from a mailpiece design analyst (MDA). Customers with mailpiece design requests may contact the MDA Support Center either by calling 855–593–6093, or by emailing MDA@usps.gov.
    1. Mailpiece designs must comply with the following directives:
      1. Publication 631 — Official Election Mail — Graphic Guidelines and Logos.
      2. Publication 632 — State and Local Election Mail – User’s Guide.
      3. Kit 600 — the 2020 Official Election Mail Program Kit.
      4. DMM 201, 204, 505, and 703.8.0.
    2. Resources for mailpiece design include:
      1. The Automated Business Reply Mail (ABRM) tool on the Business Customer Gateway, available at https://gateway.usps.com/eAdmin/view/signin.
      2. (Note: The ABRM tool does not support the use of the Official Election Mail logo or unique serialization of barcodes which are both election community best practices.)

      3. Advice from an MDA.
      4. A printer/design professional or mail service provider.
  5. Return PS Form 6805, BRM/QBRM Application for ZIP+4 Code Assignment/Validation and QBRM Approval with 25 samples or paper mockups to ensure compliance with Postal Service regulations and processing systems. The application and 25 samples should be submitted to the Post Office where the BRM/QBRM will be returned. That Post Office will initiate a help desk ticket with the MDA, and will work with you to finalize the approval process.

Customers may contact the MDA Support Center by calling 855-593-6093 or via email to MDA@usps.gov. The MDA Support Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time (closed federal holidays).