1 Introduction

The United States Postal Service understands that mail is a critical tool that helps you keep in touch with your constituents. We created the Discount “Postal Customer” Mailings: A Guide for the House of Representatives with your needs in mind. It contains important information to assist your staff and mail service provider(s) to prepare mail for discounted prices, official penalty mail using the simplified address format, “Postal Customer.” For a complete guide to official mailings see Handbook DM–103, Official Mail, and Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®), section 703.

The Guide contains up–to–date price information as well as easy–to–follow mail preparation and entry requirements. In addition, the Guide can be useful when setting up contracts with mail service providers, as it outlines the procedures necessary for presenting mail at a Post Office™. In short, the Guide is a valuable tool designed to help you prepare trouble–free mailings.

These instructions do not supersede any regulations in the DMM. If there is any difference, the DMM takes precedence. Mail service providers are expected to be familiar with all current mailing standards and regulations.

The DMM is available in hard copy by subscription through the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office at 202–512–1800, or online through Postal Explorer at http://pe.usps.com. Additional Postal Service–related information is available on the Postal Service™ Web site at www.usps.com.