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USPS to Retire CAPS Payment System

CAPS Retired Effective April 1, 2019; New Accounts Must Use EPS Starting September 1, 2018; Mailers NOT Mandated To Migrate

The Postal Service has launched a new payment processing platform called Enterprise Payment System (EPS). EPS supports multiple payment options, including mobile check deposit, offers more reporting features, and allows customers to manage multiple USPS business functions under one account.

Eligible Products and Services include First-Class Mail, Letters, Cards, and Flats, Priority Mail, First-Class Package Service, USPS Marketing Mail, Letters, Flats, and Parcels, Parcel Select, Media Mail, Library Mail, Bound Printed Matter, Periodicals, International Products, Business Reply Mail (BRM), and Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM), submitted via hard copy, eDoc (Mail.dat/Mail.XML), Postal Wizard or the Intelligent Mail small business (IMsb) Tool, PO Box, Caller & Reserve Services (EPOBOL), and Address Quality Products (AEC, AECII and ACS).

Products not currently supported include Electronic Verification System (eVS), Parcel Return Service (PRS), PC Postage, Scan Based Payment (SBP), Merchandise Return Service (MRS), Official Mail Accounting System (OMAS), Premium Forwarding Service Commercial (PFSC), Share Mail, and Intelligent Mail barcode Accounting (IMbA).

Customers utilizing these products will be continue to be supported through CAPS.
Effective September 1, 2018, new payment accounts must be established through EPS. Effective April 1, 2019, eligible CAPS accounts must be migrated to EPS, although customers are encouraged to migrate sooner.

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CAPS Retirement Info For Current CAPS Users

As a current CAPS customer we have some exciting news. The Postal Service has launched a new payment processing platform called Enterprise Payment System (EPS). As a CAPS customer, you pay for mailings and shipments using a centralized account through either a prefunded option or an ACH debit option, which allows the USPS to withdraw payment directly from your bank account.

EPS will continue to support multiple payment options, offer more reporting features, and allow you to organize multiple USPS business functions under one account. EPS supports commercial, domestic and international products and services including First-Class Mail, USPS Marketing Mail™, Periodicals postage statements submitted via mail.dat, mail.xml, Postal Wizard, IMsb, or Hardcopy.

EPS offers multiple payment options through one centralized account:

— ACH Debit: Allows USPS to withdraw payment transactions directly from your bank account.

— Trust Account: Allows you to deposit funds to your USPS payment account. Trust Accounts can be funded using:

§ Check, cash, or money order deposited at designated retail units. You are no longer restricted to deposit at the ZIP Code where your permit/publication is held.
§ Checks deposited via the Mobile Check Deposit application.
§ Fedwire Transfer – a service provided by the Federal Reserve bank to electronically deposit funds into your USPS account.
§ ACH Credit – electronic method to deposit funds into your account directly from your banking account.

Effective September 1, 2018 new accounts must be established through EPS. Effective April 1, 2019 all eligible CAPS accounts must migrate to EPS although you are encouraged to migrate sooner.

Note: Package products paid through eVS are not affected by these dates. You may continue to use/open CAPS accounts for these products until further notice.

CAPS Retirement Info For Local Trust Customers

As a Local Trust permit customer you prefund your account by depositing cash, check, or money order at the location where your permit was opened.

The Postal Service has launched a new payment processing platform called Enterprise Payment System (EPS), which will allow you to deposit your checks using your mobile device or at the retail location closest to you.

EPS supports commercial, domestic and international products and services including First-Class Mail, USPS Marketing Mail, Periodicals postage statements submitted via mail.dat, mail.xml, Postal Wizard, IMsb, or Hardcopy.

This new system offers multiple payment options listed below:

— ACH Debit: Allows USPS to withdraw payment transactions directly from your bank account.

— Trust Account: Allows you to deposit funds to your USPS payment account:

§ Check, cash, or money order deposited at designated retail units . You are no longer restricted to deposit at theZip Code where your permit/publication is held.
§ Checks deposited via the Mobile Check Deposit application.
§ Fedwire Transfer – a service provided by the Federal Reserve Bank to electronically deposit funds into your USPS account.
§ ACH Credit – electronic method to deposit funds into your account directly from your banking account.

You are not mandated to migrate, however the USPS encourages customers to take advantage of the benefits of the new system, which includes online account management, enhanced reporting, and streamlined accounting processes.