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Mailers Guide To Move Update

Guide to Move Update

The Move Update standard is a means of reducing the number of mailpieces in a mailing that require forwarding or return by the periodic matching of a mailer’s address records with change-of-address orders received and maintained by the Postal Service.
Mailers who claim First-Class Mail presorted or automation prices, USPS Marketing Mail prices, and Parcel Select Lightweight prices must demonstrate that they have updated their mailing list within 95 days before the mailing date.

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The Postal Service offers three preapproved methods: National Change-of-Address Linkage System (NCOALink), Address Change Service (ACS), and Ancillary Service Endorsements.

Alternative methods that require separate approval also are offered for First-Class Mail. Mailers must use one of the preapproved or alternative methods to meet the Move Update standard.

The Move Update standard is met when an address used on a mailpiece in a mailing for any class of mail is updated with an approved method and the same address is used in a commercial First-Class Mail, USPS Marketing Mail, or Parcel Select Lightweight mailing within 95 days after the address has been updated.

Except for mail bearing an alternative address format, addresses used on all pieces claiming USPS Marketing Mail prices are required to meet the Move Update standard.
When an address is received or confirmed by the recipient, the Move Update standard is met when the same address is used in a commercial First-Class Mail, USPS Marketing Mail, or Parcel Select Lightweight mailing within 95 days after the address has been updated.

A mailer wishing to enter mail at commercial First-Class Mail, USPS Marketing Mail, and Parcel Select Lightweight prices, must identify on the postage statement the Move Update method that was used for the mailing.

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