Ancillary Service Endorsements

Return Service RequestedSometimes, no matter how good your address is, the USPS still can’t deliver your mail. For instance, your customer may have moved or the building may be vacant. By using special addressing services called “ancillary service endorsements,” you can give the United States Postal Service specific instructions for how to handle your mail if it is undeliverable as addressed. Depending on the purpose of your mailing, you may want those pieces forwarded to customers who have moved, or you may want a corrected address returned to you.

Guidelines for determining which endorsement, if any, to use:

If you are “renting” a mailing list for one time use, then choose no endorsement or “Forwarding Service Requested”. It wouldn’t make sense to pay return postage or an address correction fee to maintain a list you don’t own.

If you build and maintain your own list of clients or prospects, it makes sense to keep your addresses up to date.

Always use an endorsement which will notify you of address changes.


First-Class

Address Service Requested“Forwarding Service Requested” or no endorsement
Forwarded at no charge up to 12 months. Months 13-18 mailpiece returned with new address; no charge. After month 18, or if undeliverable, mailpiece is returned with reason for non-delivery; no charge.

“Address Service Requested”
Forwarded at no charge up to 12 months; a separate notice of new address is provided and a correction fee charged. Months 13-18 the mailpiece is returned with new address; no charge. After month 18, or if undeliverable, mailpiece is returned with reason for non-delivery; no charge.

“Return Service Requested”
Mailpiece returned with new address or reason for non-delivery; no charge.

“Change Service Requested”
Mailpiece disposed of by USPS. Separate notice of new address or reason for non-delivery provided; address correction fee charged.


Standard Mail

No Endorsement
Mailpiece disposed of by USPS.

“Forwarding Service Requested”
Forwarded at no charge up to 12 months. Months 13-18 the mailpiece is returned with new address; Standard mail weighted fee charged. After month 18, or if undeliverable, mailpiece is returned with reason for non-delivery; Standard Mail weighted fee charged. No address correction fee charged.

“Address Service Requested”
Forwarded at no charge up to 12 months; separate notice of new address is provided and correction fee charged. Months 13-18 the mailpiece is returned with new address; Standard mail weighted fee charged (no correction fee). After month 18, or if undeliverable, mailpiece is returned with reason for non-delivery; Standard Mail weighted fee charged (no correction fee charged).

“Return Service Requested”
Mailpiece returned with new address or reason for non-delivery; Standard Mail single-piece rate charged (no correction fee charged).

“Change Service Requested”
Mailpiece disposed of by USPS. Separate notice of new address or reason for non-delivery provided; address correction fee charged.


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If all of this ASE terminology sounds like gibberish (I don’t blame you!), you should contact us and we’ll help you decide which ancillary service endorsement, if any, is best for you.