ALR – SPECIFICATIONS

Automation Letter Rate – FAQ’s

Refer to USPS Case Number 91355

USPS Ruling Specifications

      • Height between 4″ – 6″
      • Length between 8″ – 10.5″
      • 11/16″ paper strip pre-affixed to address panel side of EnvyPak
        • Paper strip runs flush with bottom and along entire length of EnvyPak
        • EnvyPak affixes inline as envelope is manufactured
      • Requires EnvyPak Smooth Anti-Reflective Polypropylene on address panel side only
        • Address and IMB can be printed on insert to show through the anti-reflective polypropylene
      • EnvyPak that is less than 6″ tall – paper strip must be on large web
      • Maximum clear gap = 0.2″
        • Option 1: Printed Side Seam (white print covers weld) – Maximum clear gap between inside of side seam and edge of insert = 0.2″
        • Option 2: Clear Side Seam (unprinted clear weld) – Envelope printed on one side to prevent clear gap. NO clear gap allowed.
      • No ancillary endorsements
      • Recommended minimum weight of insert = 80# cover Maximum clear gap = 0.2″
        • Option 1: Printed Side Seam (print over top of weld) – Maximum clear gap between inside of side seam and edge of insert = 0.2″
        • Option 2: Clear Side Seam (no print on weld) – Envelope printed on one side to prevent clear gap. NO clear gap allowed.

What does “Clear Gap” mean?

  • A clear gap occurs when it is possible to see straight through both sides of the sealed envelope
  • When the insert shifts left to right inside the envelope a clear gap occurs if the leading and trailing edges are clear / unprinted on both sides of the envelope.

Why is the 11/16″ paper strip required at the bottom of the EnvyPak?

  • This paper strip is required so the USPS can inkjet a new barcode on this strip in the event that the address label IMB cannot be scanned during USPS sorting.

Is EnvyPak machine insertable?

  • Yes, most lettershops can machine insert EnvyPak envelopes. Free test kits are available upon request.