Mail Delivery Times - First Class, and Standard

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The Post Office has announced that mail delivery times are changing as of October 1, 2021. The main difference will be for long distance mail. Previous standard of three days for First Class Mail is changing to five days. The reason for the change is less reliance on air. Local mail should not be affected.

The following two graphs are courtesy of the USPS and show first class and standard mail delivery times as of July 2021 (mailing from Anaheim, California)

First Class Mail Delivery Time

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Standard Mail Delivery Time

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To see mail delivery times from your location, go to USPS Postal Pro.

When Designing For Direct Mail

If you want to look really smart…

  • Check for the following:

  • Keep it smaller than 6-1/8 x 11-1/2. Postage goes up if larger.

  • Don't do square and save a 30¢ surcharge.

  • Go automated: minimum quantity 500 for First Class, 200 for Standard Mail.

  • Weigh a complete paper dummy before job is printed to determine postage rate. If it weighs more than an ounce think about standard mail which allow for 3.3 ounces. Or try using lighter paper or reducing size.

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