Business owners frequently ask us about how to get a bulk mail permit so they can get discounted postage rates.
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In order to use your postage meter for bulk mailings, you will need to apply for a bulk mailing permit.
Just follow the steps below, and take advantage of the savings and convenience of using your meter to send bulk mail.
- Step 1. Contact Your Postage Meter Vendor - If you are going to conduct direct mail campaigns and handle the mailings yourself, it's a good idea to get a postage meter. Your postage meter manufacturer will set you up with your postage meter so you can print postage for your mailing needs. In many cases, the postage meter manufacturer will also handle completing the Mailing Permit Application form for you.
- Step 2. Get the Mailing Permit Application Form - If your postage meter manufacturer doesn't fill out the Mailing Permit Application form for you, you will need to do it on your own. You can download a Bulk Mail Permit form from the United States Postal Service (USPS) by accessing Form 3615 Mailing Permit Application & Customer Profile online. Alternatively, you can get apply for a bulk mail permit at your local Post Office.
- Step 3. Check the Box "Notification to Present Metered Mail in Bulk" - In Section B of the form, make sure you choose this option. This checkbox notifies the Post Office that you are applying for a bulk mail permit.
- Step 4. Present Completed Bulk Mail Application to Post Office - Once you've finished the bulk mail application form, you simply need to turn it in. Note that you are required to present two valid forms of identification (e.g. Social Security cards, credit cards, or birth certificates).
Your local Post Office will process your application and give you a bulk mail permit number that allows you to use meter postage for bulk mailings. There is no fee for this permit. However, you must still pay the bulk mail annual mailing fee.