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SSF
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Registered: ‎11-11-2009

Metered Mail Date on Holidays

Today is Veterans Day. USPS is closed, but our office is still open. For all mail that is metered today, should we stamp it for today's date? Tomorrow's date? Or no date at all?

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FNSBSDmailer
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Registered: ‎09-09-2008

Re: Metered Mail Date on Holidays

Tomorrow. Your meter stamp has to have the date that the Postal Service got the mail from you. If you date it today it will look like they took an extra day to get it delivered. That's why they won't even accept it.

 

 

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SandyD
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Re: Metered Mail Date on Holidays

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karios
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Registered: ‎05-13-2008

Re: Metered Mail Date on Holidays

Please take a look at this thread:

 

                http://forums.pb.com/t5/All-Things-Postal-News-Views-and/date-on-the-postage/m-p/2906#M339     (this link doesn't appear to be working, so you may need to copy and paste it into your browser)

We have always printed the current date on holidays since we still deliver the mail to the post office on working holidays. I know that on minor holidays, there are some post office employees who sort the mail, so the mail may actually go out sooner. We have never had mail that has been metered on a holiday returned to us, but it may depend on how your local post office interprets the regulations.

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Podunk
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Registered: ‎07-04-2010

Re: Metered Mail Date on Holidays

So, you metered a piece of mail and didnt; make the post office, or it's a Sunday or holiday. What to do? Set the meter for the correct date of mailing and a postage rate of $.00, then meter the mail again on the *back* of the envelope and drop in the mail. For a parcel or flat, run another strip with the correct date and a rate of $.00 and place it anywhere on the front of the piece where it will comfortable fit. My friendly postmaster gave me this advice, and I've been doing it for years!

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karios
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Registered: ‎05-13-2008

Re: Metered Mail Date on Holidays

Podunk,

I wonder whether the Post Office looks at the back of the mailpiece? Obviously, your letter carrier does since he suggested it; and others here have also suggested doing so. But, clerks at my P.O. have cautioned in the past that P.O. employees don't always check the back of the envelope. I also remember a coworker, years ago, accidently metering an envelope on the back and the P.O. returned the mailpiece. Whenever I need to change the date on a mailpiece, I print $0.00 amount with the current date on a meter tape and affix it below or adjacent to the original stamp (I usually cut the tape in half to conserve tape since the meter prints on only half of it anyway). If you're able to successfully send out mail with the current date printed on the back, by all means do so. But, if that doesn't meet the approval of your P.O., this is an alternative.

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FNSBSDmailer
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Re: Metered Mail Date on Holidays

If the Postal employees aren't looking on the back, they should be, because that's where the DMM says you can put it. The preferred place is upside down on the bottom left (in other words, turn the envelope upside down and run it through your meter at $0.00). The bottom line is that you can put the $0.00 stamp any place you want as long as it's there and has the current date on it.

 

Postal employees don't know the rules just because they're Postal employees. That's why I keep the DMM handy.

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myitax
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Registered: ‎07-30-2011

Re: Metered Mail Date on Holidays

Let's say you post date an envelope after post office hours like 6 pm or later.  If you post date on the same day, would the post office still accept the mail?  For example, you go into the post office on 15th of July, you find the post office closed.  You already stamp the envelope on the 15th, and you decide to put it in the mail drop box.  Will the PO accept that piece of mail?

 

Are there cases the post office might allow letters to slip by even when they post date it wrong?  

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PB-Meghan
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Registered: ‎06-14-2011

Re: Metered Mail Date on Holidays

Hello myitax,

To my knowledge you must post the date that the USPS receives the mailing on the stamp itself.  So, if it is after business hours, or the Postal carrier has already picked up the mail  for the day you will want to advance the date on your meter and print tomorrows date.  This way the Post Office receives the mailing with that days date on it.  The USPS may not notice or reject your mailing if it has the wrong date, but they can.  I hope this helps.

 

Meghan

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Registered: ‎08-05-2009

Re: Metered Mail Date on Holidays

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