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Adult Signature Services

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Final Rule.

Summary

The Postal Service is revising the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) 503.8, to add a new extra service called Adult Signature. This new service has two available options: Adult Signature Required and Adult Signature Restricted Delivery.

 

Table of Contents Back to Top

DATES: Back to Top

Effective July 5, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Karen Key at 202-268-7492 or Richard Daigle at 202-268-6392.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

On March 28, 2011, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approved Adult Signature as a new extra service which will provide a method for customers to obtain a signature (upon delivery) from an adult recipient who is 21 years of age or older. This new extra service will be available only to commercial and online mailers beginning June 5, 2011.

This is the first time the Postal Service is offering a service that includes verification of the age of the recipient at the time of delivery. These services will be available to commercial and online customers using Express Mail®, Priority Mail® (including Critical Mail [TM] ), Parcel Select® barcoded nonpresort, and Parcel Select Regional Ground mailpieces. The requirements for the two service offerings are:

  • Adult Signature Required—requires the signature of someone 21 years of age or older at the recipient's address.
  • Adult Signature Restricted Delivery—requires the signature of a specific addressee (or authorized agent), who must be 21 years of age or older.

Prior to signing for the mailpiece, the recipient must show a government-issued photo identification that includes his or her date of birth. Adult Signature mailpieces cannot be left at the address without first obtaining the signature of an adult who is 21 years of age or older.

Adult Signature Required and Adult Signature Restricted Delivery are only available for customers who pay for postage and applicable fees using any of these methods:

  • Click-N-Ship®.
  • USPS®-approved PC Postage® (registered end-users only).
  • Permit imprint, if the customer electronically submits postage statements and mailing documentation.
  • USPS-approved Information-Based Indicia (IBI) postage meters that print the IBI with the appropriate price marking and electronically transmit transactional data to USPS.

Technical specifications for privately printed Adult Signature labels are located in the Intelligent Mail Package Barcode Specification and the addendum to Publication 91, Addendum for Intelligent Mail Package Barcode (IMpb) and 3-digit Service Type Code, available on the RIBBS® Web site at http://ribbs.usps.gov.

Additionally, in combination with Express Mail or Priority Mail and postage paid by Click-N-Ship or PC Postage, Adult Signature will provide an optional delivery method for the mailing of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco under the “Exception for Certain Individuals” standard as described in DMM section 601.11.

All other requirements and conditions related to mailing cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products under the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act (PACT) of 2009 remain in effect; such as:

  • Each shipment must be presented via a face-to-face transaction with a postal employee.
  • No Pickup on Demand or Carrier Pickup options are available.
  • Each package must bear its own unique exception package markings.

While the minimum age to purchase tobacco in the state or locality where the shipment is tendered or delivered may be different from age 21, if Adult Signature is used, the recipient must be 21 years of age.

The Postal Service adopts the following changes to Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM), incorporated by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations. See 39 CFR 111.1.

List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 111 Back to Top

Accordingly, 39 CFR part 111 is amended as follows:

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PART 111—[AMENDED] Back to Top

1.The authority citation for 39 CFR part 111 continues to read as follows:

Authority:

5 U.S.C. 552(a); 13 U.S.C. 301-307; 18 U.S.C. 1692-1737; 39 U.S.C. 101, 401, 403, 404, 414, 416, 3001-3011, 3201-3219, 3403-3406, 3621, 3622, 3626, 3632, 3633, and 5001.

2.Revise the following sections of Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) as follows:

Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) Back to Top

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200Commercial Letters and Cards Back to Top

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220Priority Mail Back to Top

223Prices and Eligibility Back to Top

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3.0Basic Standards for Priority Mail Back to Top

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3.2Additional Standards for Critical Mail Letters Back to Top

[Delete the reference number and heading of 3.2.1, Definition, in its entirety, and move the text from 3.2.1 under 3.2.]

[Delete item 3.2.2, Extra Service with Critical Mail Letters, in its entirety.]

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300Commercial Flats Back to Top

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320Priority Mail Back to Top

323Prices and Eligibility Back to Top

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3.0Basic Standards for Priority Mail Back to Top

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3.2Additional Standards for Critical Mail Flats Back to Top

[Delete the reference number and heading of 3.2.1, Definition, in its entirety, and move the text from 3.2.1 under 3.2.]

[Delete item 3.2.2, Extra Service with Critical Mail Flats, in its entirety.]

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500Additional Mailing Services Back to Top

503Extra Services Back to Top

1.0Extra Services for Express Mail Back to Top

1.1Available Services Back to Top

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[Renumber current items 1.1.5 through 1.1.8 as 1.1.6 through 1.1.9 and add new 1.1.5 as follows:]

1.1.5Adult Signature Back to Top

Adult Signature Required and Adult Signature Restricted Delivery are available with Express Mail for mailers who pay commercial or online postage and applicable fees and produce qualified shipping labels that bear an Intelligent Mail package barcode.

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3.0Certified Mail Back to Top

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3.2Basic Information Back to Top

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3.2.3Additional Services Back to Top

[Revise 3.2.3 as follows:]

The following services may be combined with Certified Mail if the applicable standards for the services are met and additional service fees are paid:

a. Return receipt (not available for Adult Signature).

b. Restricted delivery (not available for Adult Signature).

c. Adult Signature Required and Adult Signature Restricted Delivery (available only for Priority Mail, but not Critical Mail).

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4.0Insured Mail Back to Top

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4.2Basic Information Back to Top

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4.2.4Additional Services Back to Top

[Revise the introductory text of 4.2.4 as follows:]

Insuring an item for more than $200.00 allows customers to purchase restricted delivery or return receipt. The following services may be combined with insurance if the applicable standards for the services are met and additional service fees are paid:

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[Add new item 4.2.4f as follows:]

f. Adult Signature Required and Adult Signature Restricted Delivery are available for insured Express Mail, Priority Mail (including Critical Mail), Parcel Select barcoded nonpresort, and Parcel Select Regional Ground.

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[Renumber 8.0 through 14.0 as new 9.0 through 15.0 and add new 8.0 as follows:]

8.0Adult Signature Back to Top

8.1Prices Back to Top

8.1.1Adult Signature Fees and Postage Back to Top

The fees for Adult Signature Required and Adult Signature Restricted Delivery are in addition to postage and other fees, and are charged per piece. See Notice 123—Price List.

8.1.2Postage Back to Top

The Adult Signature Required or Adult Signature Restricted Delivery fee must be paid in addition to the correct postage. The fee and postage may be paid with:

a. Click-N-Ship.

b. PC Postage.

c. Permit imprint, if the customer electronically submits postage statements and mailing documentation.

d. IBI postage meter.

8.1.3Refund Back to Top

Adult Signature Required and Adult Signature Restricted Delivery fees are refunded only if the USPS fails to provide the service.

8.2Basic Information Back to Top

8.2.1Description Back to Top

Adult Signature provides electronic confirmation of the delivery or attempted delivery of the mailpiece and, upon request, the recipient's signature. The service has two options: Adult Signature Required and Adult Signature Restricted Delivery. The recipient must furnish proof of age via a driver's license, passport, or other government-issued photo identification that lists age or date of birth prior to delivery. The USPS maintains a record of delivery (which includes the recipient's signature) for a specified period of time.

8.2.1.1Adult Signature Required Back to Top

Adult Signature Required provides delivery to a person who is confirmed to be 21 years of age or older. Upon delivery, an adult who is 21 years of age or older must provide a driver's license, passport, or other government-issued photo identification that lists age or date of birth and provide a signature for receipt of the mailpiece.

8.2.1.2Adult Signature Restricted Delivery Back to Top

Adult Signature Restricted Delivery provides the same service as Adult Signature Required with the additional restriction of limiting delivery to a specific addressee or authorized agent who is 21 years of age or older. If the specific addressee is not 21 years of age or older, the mailpiece will be returned to sender.

8.2.2Obtaining Service Back to Top

Customers may obtain Adult Signature Required and Adult Signature Restricted Delivery by paying postage (see 8.1.2) and producing qualified shipping labels with Intelligent Mail package barcodes.

8.2.3Eligible Matter Back to Top

Adult Signature Required and Adult Signature Restricted Delivery are available for:

a. Express Mail.

b. Priority Mail (including Critical Mail).

c. Parcel Select barcoded nonpresort.

d. Parcel Select Regional Ground.

8.2.4Ineligible Matter Back to Top

Adult Signature Required and Adult Signature Restricted Delivery are not available for:

a. First-Class Mail.

b. Standard Mail.

c. Package Services.

d. Periodicals.

e. Parcel Select destination entry, NDC Presort, and ONDC presort pieces.

f. Mail addressed to restricted APO, FPO, and DPO destinations.

g. Mail addressed to the Department of State in accordance with 703.3.

h. Mail addressed to ZIP Codes in the following U.S. territories or Freely Associated States:

ZIP CODE TWO-LETTER STATE ABBREVIATION CITY TERRITORY, POSSESSION OR FREELY ASSOCIATED STATE
96939 PW PALAU PALAU.
96940 PW PALAU PALAU.
96941 FM POHNPEI FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA.
96942 FM CHUUK FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA.
96943 FM YAP FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA.
96944 FM KOSRAE FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA.
96960 MH MAJURO MARSHALL ISLANDS.
96970 MH EBEYE MARSHALL ISLANDS.

8.2.5Confirmation of Delivery Back to Top

Confirmation of delivery information for Adult Signature is available as follows:

a. Information by article number can be retrieved at http://www.usps.com or by calling 800-222-1811. A letter providing evidence of delivery may be provided via fax, e-mail, or mail upon request.

b. Letters providing evidence of delivery can be obtained in CD-ROM or Signature Extract File formats. For additional information, see Publication 80, Bulk Proof of Delivery Program.

8.2.6Additional Services Back to Top

Adult Signature may also be combined with:

a. Certified Mail (available with Priority Mail, but not Critical Mail).

b. Insured Mail.

c. Hold for Pickup.

1. Express Mail (commercial mail only, see 413.4.2.4 and 413.4.3.4).

2. Priority Mail (excluding Critical Mail).

3. Parcel Select barcoded nonpresort.

4. Parcel Select Regional Ground.

8.3.0Basic Delivery Standards Back to Top

Items with Adult Signature require a recipient who is 21 years of age or older to sign at the time of delivery.

8.3.1Additional Delivery Conditions Back to Top

Mail endorsed “Adult Signature Required” is delivered to anyone who is confirmed to be 21 years of age or older and provides a signature at the time of delivery. Mail endorsed “Adult Signature Restricted Delivery” is delivered only to the addressee or authorized agent who is confirmed to be 21 years of age or older. If the specific addressee is not 21 years of age or older, the mailpiece will be returned to sender. Conditions in 7.4 also apply to Adult Signature Restricted Delivery items.

8.3.2Identification Back to Top

The USPS requires a driver's license, passport, or other government-issued photo identification that lists age or date of birth to provide proof of age for Adult Signature Required or proof of age and identity for Adult Signature Restricted Delivery.

8.3.3Agent Authorization Back to Top

An addressee who regularly receives any mail that includes a restricted delivery may authorize an agent to accept mail on their behalf by using Form 3801 or by letter to the postmaster. The authorized agent must be 21 years of age or older. The addressee must make the notation “this authorization is extended to include Adult Signature Restricted Delivery mail” on Form 3801 (in the area for signatures of authorized agents) or in the letter to the postmaster. If the Post Office has no standing delivery order or letter on file, a Form 3849, completed by the addressee, may be left for this authorization. The addressee enters the name of the agent on the back of Form 3849 in the space provided and signs the form. For receipt of the article, the agent must sign on the back of the form.

8.4.0Privately Printed Labels Back to Top

Technical specifications for privately printed Adult Signature labels is located in the Intelligent Mail Package Barcode Specification and the addendum to Publication 91, Addendum for Intelligent Mail Package Barcode (IMpb) and 3-digit Service Type Code, available on the RIBBS Web site at http://ribbs.usps.gov.

8.5.0Where To Mail Back to Top

Except for shipments of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco by certain individuals under 601.11, which requires mailers to present items at a retail counter, mailers may deposit mailpieces (not bearing a permit imprint) with Adult Signature at a Post Office lobby drop, collection box, or with a USPS carrier. Mail bearing a permit imprint must be deposited and accepted at the Post Office that issued the permit, at a time and place designated by the postmaster, except as otherwise provided for plant-verified drop shipments.

8.6.0Firm Sheets—Three or More Pieces Back to Top

If three or more mailpieces are presented for mailing at one time, the mailer may use Form 3877. Privately printed or computer-generated firm sheets that contain the same information as Form 3877 may be used if approved by the local postmaster. The mailer may omit columns on Form 3877 that are not applicable to Adult Signature. Required elements are the package identification code (PIC), address, 5-digit destination ZIP Code, and applicable fees. To obtain firm sheets receipted by the USPS, the mailer must present the firm sheets with the mailpieces at the time of mailing. Alterations must be initialed by the mailer and accepting postal employee. All unused portions of the addressee column must be obliterated with a diagonal line.

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508Recipient Services Back to Top

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7.0Hold for Pickup Back to Top

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7.2Basic Information Back to Top

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7.2.6Extra Services Back to Top

Hold for Pickup may be combined with:

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[Insert new items 7.2.6d as follows:]

d. Adult Signature Required and Adult Signature Restricted Delivery

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600Basic Standards for All Mailing Services Back to Top

601Mailability Back to Top

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11.0Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco Back to Top

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11.6Exception for Certain Individuals Back to Top

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11.6.2Mailing Back to Top

* * * Each mailing under the “certain individuals” exception must:

[Revise 11.6.2a as follows:]

a. Be entered as Priority Mail with an Adult Signature extra service (see 503.8), Express Mail with an Adult Signature extra service or Express Mail with Hold for Pickup service (waiver of signature and pickup services not permitted); unless shipped to APO/FPO/DPO addresses under 11.6.4.

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700Special Standards Back to Top

703Nonprofit Standard Mail and Other Unique Eligibility Back to Top

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3.0Department of State Mail Back to Top

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3.2Conditions for Authorized Mail Back to Top

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3.2.6Extra Services Back to Top

* * * (Mailers may request other extra services under 503.)

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[Add new item 3.2.6f as follows:]

f. Adult Signature Required and Adult Signature Restricted Delivery

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We will publish an appropriate amendment to 39 CFR part 111 to reflect these changes.

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Neva R. Watson,

Attorney, Legislative.

[FR Doc. 2011-13029 Filed 5-25-11; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 7710-12-P

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