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The USPS has issued new regulations regarding
Folded Self Mailers (FSM - bifolds, trifolds etc)
that require the use of more tabs but you can relax. 

 
The changes aren't mandatory until January 5 of 2013

Previously only BOOKLETS were affected.  
This change will affect virtually all mailed letter size pieces that are not in an envelope.  

 

                   1.  The use of perforated tabs of any kind is being eliminated.
       

                    2.  The minimum sized tab will be 1"  - this will effectively eliminate
                          the use of 3/4" and 15/16" tabs currently in use.

                   
3.  Additional tabs may be necessary - see below


As a mailer
you need to plan future purchases and take into consideration how this change will affect
the use of clear tabs.  Without a perf, this type of tab makes it very difficult for the recipient to open the
mailing piece without tearing it.  Translucent tabs are the obvious next best choice.

To read the actual regulations click here

        Basic FSM

         (Bi-Fold/Tri-Fold)

        When using tabs on basic folded self-mailers the following applies:

  • Mailing pieces Up to 1oz require 2 tabs at 1" dia.
  • Mailing pieces Over 1oz require 2 tabs at 1-1/2" dia.
  • Tabs can be positioned in 2 places, see images below.

     

    1. Placement of Tabs:
    For either 1" or 1-1/2" Tabs within 1" of lead/trail edge

     

     

    2. Placement of Tabs:
    For either 1" or 1-1/2" Tabs on lead/trail edge within 1" of top edge

     

 

        Oblong Folded FSM

          (Basic oblong)

      When using tabs on oblong folded self-mailers the following applies:

  • Mailing pieces Up to 1oz require 2 tabs at 1" dia.
  • Mailing pieces Over 1oz require 2 tabs at 1-1/2" dia.
  • See images below for tab positioning
     

    1. Placement of 1" tabs:
    1 tab on center top edge and another on center trailing edge

     

    2. Placement of 1" tabs:
    Affix two tabs on the trailing edge within 1" of
     the top and bottom edges
    .

     

         Quarter Fold FSM

          (Basic quarter fold and newsprint)

     When using tabs on quarter fold self-mailers the following applies:

  • Mailing pieces Up to 1oz require 2 tabs at 1" dia.
  • Mailing pieces Over 1oz require 3 tabs at 1-1/2" dia.
  • Newsprint requires 3 tabs at 1-1/2" dia.
  • See images below for tab positioning

     
    1.Placement of 1" tabs:
    For mailing pieces up to 1oz within 1" of lead/trail edge
    2. Placement of 1" tabs:
    For mailing pieces up to 1oz on lead/trail edge within 1" of top edge

    3. Placement of 1" tabs:
    For over 1 oz and Newsprint
    Lead Edge: one within 1" of top and
    one at 1/2" from bottom
    Trail Edge: one within 1" of top edge


     

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