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
- No ancillary endorsements
- If mailed 1st Class, STID (Service Type Identifier) must be coded to waste (260 or 270)
- Recommended minimum weight of insert = 80# cover
- Clear gap requirements
- Option 1: Printed Side Seam (print over top of weld) – Maximum clear gap between the inside of side seam and the edge of insert = 0.2″
- Option 2: Clear Side Seam (no print on weld) – Envelope printed on one side to prevent a clear gap. NO clear gap is 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 the EnvyPak machine insertable?
- Yes, most letter shops can machine insert EnvyPak envelopes. Free test kits are available upon request.