Folded Self-Mailers: 3 New Rules for Your Folds and Tabs

Heritage Printing has come to your rescue in explaining the latest changes to the U.S. Postal Service’s requirements for folded self-mailers (FSMs).

In January 2013, major changes took place affecting the requirements on folded self-mailers. Here are 3 key points to remember:

  • When tabs are used as the sealing method, a minimum of 2 are required.
  • Tabs cannot be placed on the bottom edge of oblong pieces.
  • The final fold must be on the bottom; for oblong pieces, the final fold must be on the leading (right) edge.

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Get detailed specifications and see helpful illustrations at RIBBS – USPS National Customer Support Center.

So, to review…

To play by the new USPS rules:
Use at least 2 tabs, keep your final fold on the bottom,
& for oblong pieces keep tabs on the top and final folds on the right.

Count on Heritage to provide you with handy updates in plain English to make keeping up with USPS requirements a cinch. Let us keep you informed on all the latest mailing industry news so you can stay ahead of the game! If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call 262-790-5000.

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