Policies, Procedures, and Forms Updates


DMM Revision: Modification of Return Address Requirement for Periodicals Publications

Effective October 7, 2013, the Postal Service™ will revise The Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) section 602.1.5.3 to modify the requirement for a return address on a Periodicals publication in any wrapper to apply to publications that are in an opaque wrapper. Publications that are polywrapped or in another clear wrapper will not be required to bear an external return address unless they have an endorsement requiring physical return of the publication. This revision brings that standard into alignment with the standard in DMM 707.3.2.3 for return addresses on Periodicals publications.

Postal Service employees at Post Offices™ and other delivery units are reminded not to perform any manual markups of undeliverable Periodicals publications, and that all undeliverable Periodicals publications must be sent to the designated Computerized Forwarding System (CFS) unit.

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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602 Addressing

1.0 Elements of Addressing

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1.5 Return Addresses

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1.5.3 Required Use of Return Addresses

The sender’s domestic return address must appear legibly on:

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[Revise item 1.5.3f as follows:]

f. Periodicals in envelopes or opaque wrappers.

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