For most mailing pieces, the United States Postal Service (USPS) requires a barcode to be printed on every piece to ensure the cheapest possible postage rates. In order to do so, we ask that you provide us with at least 3.75"x2" of clear white space near the bottom right side of your printed piece to ensure that a barcode can be printed on your piece, thus ensuring the cheapest possible postal rate.

What is an indicia?
Indicia is a preprinted marking located in the upper right hand corner of each piece that will designate the piece as either first class mail or standard mail (depending on the customer's preference). The indicia shows payment of postage by the sender, and the Color Digit indicia must be used if Color Digit is handling your mailing job, unless you have your own account through the United States Postal Service.

What size should the indicia be?
For most pieces, the indicia will be approximately the size of a standard postage stamp and should be located in the upper right hand corner of the piece. The indicia shows payment of postage by the sender, and the indicia must be present if a bulk mailing rate is desired. 

How can I obtain Color Digit Indicia? 
You may simply send us a request and we will be gladly emailing you the right indicia based on your mailing project.

My business is a Non-Profit Organization. How do I qualify for Non-Profit rates?
Please contact our mailing specialist and they will assist you in obtaining a Non-Profit authorization number which will allow you to receive non-profit rates. The indicia must also reflect your non-profit status so please be sure and alert our staff that you will be mailing non-profit when you send us your artwork.

Does Color Digit offer NCOA and de-duplication?
Yes, we do have special softwares connected to USPS server that will allow us to update your mailing list with any change of address. We can also clean up your list with the removal of any duplicate records.  

How about Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) mailing service? 
Yes, We do offer EDDM mailing service as well as pre-sorted mailing services. Please contact us and our mailing department specialist will help you to select the correct routes to achieve your mailing targets. 

What is the standard EDDM postcard size?
The most common EDDM postcard size is 6.25"x11" and 8.5"x11".

Do I need to have an Indicia for EDDM mailers?
Yes, Please contact us and we will be sending you the appropriate indicia for your EDDM postcard.

How much room should I allow for address block?
2 x 4” would accommodate standard address and barcode, so we’re in compliance with postal regulations when claiming automation rates.

Can you ink-jet address onto dark color back round or design?
It is not recommended, as the post scans the mail and if they can’t read the barcode your mail would fail and classified as non-automation, which could dramatically increase your postage.

What’s the minimum size for postcards and how heavy does the stock have to be?
The minimum size is 4 ¼ x 6” and the stock must be a minimum of 7 pt.

What’s the maximum size for standard letters and flats? 
Maximum letters / mailers in envelopes is 6 1/8 x 11 ½” Stand alone Selfmailers 5 x 10.5” and 12 x 15” for flats.

We understand that the mailing process can get quite complicated. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact our mailing specialist so that we can ensure that your piece meets the necessary requirements for bulk mailing before we go to print.