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TABBING RULES

Part 1: Specs for Automation-Compatible letter-size folded self-mailers

Image

Official name

Min/Max size

Paper weight

How
many
tabs

Tab
size

Tab position

Image with tabs



Parallel fold:
• Half fold
• Tri fold
• Max 12 panels
Last fold is at bottom of mailing panel
Min:
3.5 x 5”
Max:
6 x 10.5”
Max: 3 ozs.
Weight
≤ 1oz:
min 70# text
2
tabs
1”
tabs
• 2 at the top
Or
• 1 on left + 1 on right

or
Weight
> 1 oz :
min 80# text
2
tabs
1.5”
tabs

Quarter fold:
Last fold at the bottom of the mailing panel and the previous fold on the right edge
Min:
3.5 x 5”
Max:
6 x 10.5”
Max: 3 ozs.
Weight
≤ 1oz:
min 70# text
2
tabs
1”
tabs
Weight
> 1 oz :
min 80# text
3
tabs
1.5”
tabs
1 on left + 2 on the right

Max 12 panels only in roll-over fold
Oblong:
Final fold is on the right side of mailing panel
Min:
3.5 x 5”
Max:
6 x 10.5”
Max: 3 ozs.
Weight
≤ 1oz:
min 70# text
2
tabs
1”
tabs
• 1 at the top and 1 on trailing edge
OR
• 2 on trailing edge (left)


Weight
> 1 oz :
min 80# text
2
tabs
1.5”
tabs

with
Quarter fold:
With remittance envelope or unattached
folded insert:

envelope flap or folded insert to be caught in the fold of the quarter fold
Min:
3.5 x 5”
Max:
6 x 10.5”
Max: 3 ozs.
Weight
≤ 1oz:
min 80# text
2
tabs
1.5”
tabs
• 2 at the top
OR
• 1 on left +
1 on right

or
Weight
> 1 oz :
min 100#
text
2
tabs
2”
tabs
Weight
> 1 oz :
min 100#
text
3
tabs
1.5”
tabs
1 on left +
2 on the right

Call Direct Mail Center for the following self-mailers prior to designing as specific USPS regulations could make it non-mailable. Folded self mailer with perforations Due to each self-mailer design particularities, we need to review the exact specs prior to issuing recommendations in accordance with the USPS regulations
Folded self mailer with shorter panel
Folded self mailer with die cut window
Folded self mailer with attached card or loose enclosures in pocket
Location of the postal indicia or stamp. NOTES:
-1- Some folded self-mailers not designed according to these regulations may no longer be accepted by the USPS;
-2- Folded self-mailers not designed properly may result in considerable postage cost increase.
-3- The USPS website for folded self-mailers is:
https://ribbs.usps.gov/fsm/documents/tech_guides/FSMReference.pdf.
Disclaimer: For reference purpose only. Information is subject to change without notice. We recommend that you contact the U.S.P.S. for design approval prior to printing production.


Part 2: Specifications for Automation-Compatible Letter-Size Booklets


If The Spine Or Final Fold Is...

Length

Cover
Stock

Sealing

Tab In These Locations

Simple Spine

Spine or final fold on the bottom (longer) edge.

5'' to 9'' long

Over 9'', up to 10.5'' long

50 #

60 #

Three 1.5'' non-
perforated tabs

Two tabs on leading edge; one tab on trailing edge. Position lower leading tab 0.5 inch from the bottom edge. Position upper tabs within 1 inch from the top edge.

Simple Spine

Spine on bottom; longer front cover folded over inside pages to create a nonperforated inner flap sealed within top edge.

5" to 9.5'' long

80 #

Continuous

glue line or glue spots

Perfect bound or saddle stitched, flap sealed inside, continuous glue line along flap preferred, minimum 1 inch glue spots acceptable if placed within ¾ inch of right and left edges.

Simple Spine

Spine on the bottom (longer) edge, Cover extends no more than 1/2 inch beyond inner pages.

5" to 9.5'' long

80 #

Continuous

glue line or glue spots

Perfect bound or saddle stitched with a continuous glue line along the 1/2 inch cover overhang preferred, minimum 1 inch glue spots acceptable if placed within ¾ inch of right and left edges.

Folded

Final fold on the bottom (longer) edge, with the folded spine on the leading or trailing (shorter) edge.

5" to 10.5'' long

40 #

Three 1.5'' non- perforated tabs

Two tabs on leading edge; one tab on trailing edge. Position lower leading tab 0.5 inch from the bottom edge. Position upper tabs within 1 inch from the top edge.

Oblong

Spine on the leading (shorter) edge.

5'' to 9'' long

Over 9'', up to 10.5'' long

60 #

70 #

Three 1.5'' non- perforated tabs

Two tabs on top edge; one tab on trailing edge. Position top tabs 1 inch from left and right edge. Position trailing tab in the middle.

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