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USPS now allows mailers to “Mail Anywhere” with only one permit

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | February 18, 2014 | 4 Comments

Permit mailers who manage multiple permits typically pay multiple annual permit fees to deposit mail at several different locations.  The Postal Service has launched a new program that offers permit mailers greater flexibility with the opportunity to save money.

The Postal Service has launched the new “Mail Anywhere” service that allows customers to use the same permit at every mailing location. This new service is available to customers who have mailed at a Full‐Service Intelligent Mail level of 90% at the business’ location during the month prior to their request.

Classes of Mail supported by Mail Anywhere include:

  • First‐Class letters, postcards and flats
  • Standard letters and flats
  • Bound Printed Matter flats
  • Periodicals* letters and flats

Qualifying permit types include:

  • Permit Imprint
  • Precanceled stamps
  • Metered Mail
  • OMAS (future enhancement)
  • Periodicals

Note: Permit types are not interchangeable (e.g., you cannot use a Precanceled permit to mail via a Permit imprint)

Eligible Submission Methods: Mail Anywhere requires electronic postage statement (eDoc) submission using:

  • Mail.dat
  • Postal Wizard (Full-Service)
  • Mail.XML
  • Intelligent Mail for Small Business


  • Maintain a single permit and centralized account to enter and pay for all mailings across the country
  • Local Permit Number or Company Imprint Indicia may be used at any location
  • Save $$$ by eliminating multiple annual permit fees

Are you ready to get started?  If you are, the USPS has created a Mail Anywhere Technical Guide which provides more details and a step-by-step instructions for getting started. Keep in mind that to participate, mailers must be depositing Full-Service Intelligent Mail mailings.  Other requirements are stipulated in the Mail Anywhere Technical Guide Fact Sheet.  Not yet a Full-Service mailer?  Learn about what’s required.  Visit the Intelligent Mail site on RIBBS where you can learn about getting started with Full Service Intelligent Mail. There, you can also find a Full-Service Intelligent Mail Fact Sheet.  Get started today to reap all the benefits and saving afforded to Full Service mailers.

* Periodicals already can use a single Publication ID across multiple locations under status quo operations. Under Mail Anywhere, Periodicals mailers do not need to submit a 3510‐M when using multiple entry locations, as long as the Publication ID is included in the eDoc.

The following are among the trademarks owned by the United States Postal Service: First-Class™, First-Class Mail®, IM™, IMb™, Intelligent Mail®, Intelligent Mail Package Barcode (IMpb™), Priority Mail Express™, PC Postage®, Post Office™, Postal Service™, Priority Mail®, Standard Mail®, United States Postal Service®, U.S. Mail®, U.S. Postal Service®, USPS®, USPS Electronic Postmark®. This is not a comprehensive list of all Postal Service trademarks.

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Comments (4)

  1. Kevin DeLay |May 27, 2014 at 1:57 pm|Reply

    What wasn’t covered in the article above is that if you are a Mail Service Provider, you can mail out customers mail from your post office regardless of where their permit was issued. That can come in handy if you have an out of city or even out of state client permit. A ghost number is no longer needed as you use their payment account number as a reference. To some mail owners, having their permit number printed in the indicia is important. You can save time, money and vehicle maintenance by not having to drop mail at a remote location and instead dropping the mail at the MSP’s BMEU.

    • Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC |July 1, 2014 at 3:09 am|Reply

      Kevin, thank you for the additional information.

    • Chris Mendoza |October 9, 2014 at 6:52 pm|Reply

      It sounds like you are a MSP, how is your customer account information safeguarded?

  2. Chris Mendoza |October 9, 2014 at 6:50 pm|Reply

    How is the account information protected against fraudulent use? My organization is concerned that if “our number” is out there, then it will truly be “Anyone can Mail Anywhere”. What safeguards are in place?

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