USPS (United States Postal Service)
CASS (Coding Accuracy Support System)
Certification for software that verifies, standardizes and adds postal info to addresses.
Adds information (ZIP+4, DPBC, Carrier Route) that allows for automation and other discounts.
Performs LACS (Locatable Address Conversion System) to update rural addresses to street address.
Performs SuiteLINK which updates/standardizes High Rise addresses
PAVE (Presort Accuracy, Validation, and Evaluation)
Certification for software that Presorts the addresses to achieve the best postal discount
NCOA (National Change Of Address)
Securely takes name/address information and updates change of address information. Returns information that allows elimination of unmailable records.
ZIP (Zone Improvement Plan)
ZIP Code. With the ZIP+4 and DPBC (Delivery Point Barcode) digits helps sort the mail into the carriers delivery order.
Shipping the mail to a remote entry point to earn a discount from the USPS. Also useful for better delivery time.
Mail entered electronically. The USPS is pushing an all electronic process.
A file that electronically describes a mailing. Used to communicate with the USPS or between letter shops. Required for Full Service.
USPS site where mail.dat files are posted and verified. Part of the Business Customer Gateway
The organization responsible for the content and cost of a mailing.
Mail Service Provider (MSP):
The organization preparing the mail.
OEL (Optional Endorsment Line)
Used on top of an address block to help sort/tray the mail. Only required if Carrier Route rates are used.
IMB (Intelligent Mail Barcode)
Barcode used on automated letter and flat mail.
IMpb (Intelligent Mail Package Barcode)
Barcode used on parcels for Intelligent mail.
USPS term for the assignment of Mail Owner and MSP.
CRID (Customer Registration Identification)
A number assigned to a physical location that enters mail
MID (Mailer Identification)
A number assigned to a CRID used to identify mail pieces. A CRID can have multiple MID’s. A MID is used in the IMB.
STID (Service Type Identifier)
Embedded in the IMB to indicate what services are being asked for in a mailing.
First Class Statement, either electronic or paper
Standard Statement, either electronic or paper
Receipt of Mail Statement, no presort, fee required
Drop Ship Verification form