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Tabbing Tutorial for Mail and Self Mailers

Unenveloped letter-size mailpieces prepared for automation price mailings must be secured (tabbed) to prevent an open edge from jamming high-speed processing equipment. Standards for tabbing are based on basis weight of paper stock used and the location of the folded or bound edge.

 

Letter-Size Folded Self Mailers:

Folded edge must be on bottom, or lead edge of mailpiece

With 1 tab - folded edge at bottom of mailpiece; 2 tabs, 1” from each edge of top edge of mailpeice.

Single folded sheet- minimum basis weight 70#

Two or more sheets- minimum basis weight 60#

With 2 tabs- minimum basis weight 50# if folded edge is at top or bottom of the mailpiece. Tabs must be placed within 1 inch of the right and left edges of mailpiece.

With folded edge on right (leading) edge: left (trailing) edge and top edge must be secured with at least one tab or a glue line each; additional tabs may be required based on trim size and basis weight.

 

Letter and Flat Size Booklet-Type Mailers:

A booklet qualifies any piece that stitches. There are multiple variables that need to be taken into consideration. Please consult your salesperson for assistance.

For additional information and diagrams- please reference pages 20 & 21 of the May 2009 USPS Quick Service Guide.

For additional information regarding booklets, reference section 201.3.16 of the DMM as booklet specs were updated September 2009.

Examples of Self Mailer Tabbing

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  Tri-fold and quarter fold brochures need two tabs

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  For tri-fold self mailers, the address must be on the middle panel. The final fold will be the non addressed side of your mailer.

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 Final folds for oblong mailers must be on the right hand side. Tabs must be located on the left hand side or left hand side and top.  

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