Departments may save on postage for non-profit mailings which qualify for the special bulk rate as subsidized by the U.S. Government. Bulk rate is applicable to mailings which are identical in size and weight, separately addressed, and in quantities not less than 200 pieces. Bulk rate cannot be used for personal or private mailings or for less than 200 pieces per mailing. Printed matter, merchandise, magazines, newspapers, circulars, and printed letters or post cards are acceptable for bulk mailings. There are also several different restrictions on the weight and design layout of each piece in the mailing so please contact Mail Services for additional help in preparing your mailing.
This third-class bulk rate is the least expensive of any type mail, and commands no priority handling. Depending upon the time a mailing is sent out, delivery time can be as much as five to seven days in process. Therefore, a lead time of at least ten days is advisable if mailing contains time-sensitive material. The peak mailing periods when heavy volume at the Post Office prevents the delivery of third-class mail is the first through fifth and around the fifteenth of the month. When mailing at these times, allow additional time to assure reasonable response. All bulk mail is required to have the appropriate zip code following the designated state.