Postage Options

Small businesses shipping a few packages can print and pay for postage online. Larger shippers can apply for a permit imprint and save money with commercial rates. Other convenient postage options are postage meters, precanceled stamps, and custom stamps. USPS® and third-party vendors offer a variety of ways to track and pay for postage.

Print Postage from Your Computer

See two of the most convenient shipping services to get postage for your mail and packages. With just a few clicks, you can set shipping preferences and print postage labels from your home or office.

Print Labels Online with Click-N-Ship®

Easily print Priority Mail Express® and Priority Mail® shipping labels at your convenience. All you need to get started is a free USPS.com account, computer, and standard printer.

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Download Click-N-Ship Business Pro

Use our downloadable desktop software to document and pay for postage via electronic manifest files. Manage your volume shipping with built-in tracking and reporting tools.

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Calculate Postage Correctly

Save Time by Doing It Right

Make sure you round the weight of your package up to the nearest pound or ounce to avoid underpayment and delaying delivery.

For example, if your package weighs 3 lbs 5 oz, it would be charged at the 4 lb-rate. If you have a First-Class Package Service-Retail® that weighs 7.3 oz, it must be charged at the 8 oz-rate.

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Ways to Print Postage

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USPS Picture Permit Indicia

USPS Picture Permit indicia® (referred to as "Picture Permit") allows organizations to customize the Permit Imprint Indicia on First-Class Mail® postcards and letters, and USPS Marketing Mail® letters by incorporating their organization logo, brand image, or trademark.

Image of Picture Permit Indicia envelope

How It Works

Apply for a Mailing Permit

To apply for your permit, complete and submit our online form. You'll provide your user information and other details about how your company will use Picture Permit.

Register Online

After registration, follow instructions in the email you received to complete your application. Submit your signed PS Form 3615-A (Mailing Permit Application) to picturepermit@usps.com.

PS Form 3615-A Mailing Permit Application PDF (2 MB)

Requirements
  • Color images only, including logos, brand images, or trademarks
  • Nominal per piece fee in addition to postage (1¢ per First-Class Mail piece and 2¢ per USPS Marketing Mail piece)
  • Available only for First-Class Mail postcards and letters, and USPS Marketing Mail letters
Resources
  • Picture Permit Fact Sheet PDF
  • Picture Permit Technical Requirements PDF
  • Picture Permit Product Requirements PDF
Have more questions?

Browse Picture Permit FAQs

Send us an email: picturepermit@usps.com

Postage Meter Printing

A postage meter prints postage directly onto your mail or onto a meter tape. Postage meters can be used for all mail services except Periodicals.

Image of Picture Meter Printing envelope

How It Works

Apply for a Permit

There are special markings required for bulk mailings that can be applied with your meter stamp.

PS Form 3615 to Apply for a Permit PDF (2 MB)

Pay Annual Fees

The annual mailing fee allows you to send bulk mailings from one Post Office for 1 year. The mailing fee is separate from the application fees and postage.

Get a Postage Meter

Postage meters are only available from authorized providers. Vendors set service and leasing fees.

Disclaimer: The Postal Service® does not endorse any company or product not offered by the Postal Service, including the advertisers on this web page.

Permit Imprints

If you're a large volume mailer, using a permit imprint to make postage payments, you don't have to buy postage in advance, reset your meter, or affix stamps. Simply print postage information in the upper right corner of the mailpiece and only pay for postage when mailings are sent.

Image of Picture Permit Indicia envelope

How It Works

Apply for a Permit

You must apply for a permit to use permit imprint.

PS From 3615 to Apply for a Permit PDF (2 MB)

Pay Permit and Annual Fees

The annual mailing fee allows you to make commercial mailings from one Post Office for 1 year. This fee is separate from the permit imprint application fees and postage and fees for the mailpiece.

Permit Imprint Fee Information

Design & Mailing Requirements

When designing your permit imprint, be sure to follow USPS formatting guidelines. Indicia formats vary by mail class.

Examples of Indicia Formats

Mailing Requirements

  • Have at least 200 mailpieces or 50 lbs with each piece weighing the same.
  • Create a mailing at least once every 2 years to keep permit account active.
  • Do not hand-draw or use type-written Permit Imprint Indicia on mailpieces.
  • Mailpieces must be delivered to a Post Office or Business Mail Entry Unit (BMEU).

Additional Permit Imprints Details

Precanceled Stamps

Using precanceled stamps is an easy way to get started with bulk mailing.

Image of Precanceled stamp on envelope

How It Works

Apply for a Permit

There is no application fee associated with the permit. After you receive your permit number and receipt, you’ll be able to purchase and use precanceled stamps.

Download PS Form 3615 PDF (2 MB)

Prepare Postage Statement

Fill out a postage statement to determine how much postage you owe when you drop off your mail at the Post Office.

Pay for Stamps Used

Establish an advance deposit account to pay for the postage you owe on your precanceled stamp mailings.

  • Mailpiece must have a complete domestic return address in the upper-left corner.
  • Precanceled stamps must be placed in the upper right corner of the mailpiece.
  • Mail with precanceled stamps must be brought to the Post Office where you have your permit.
  • You can’t return unused stamps to the Post Office.

Precanceled Stamps Details and Examples

Ways to Pay for Postage

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Automated Clearing House (ACH) Credit & Debit

Pay directly from your bank account and ensure you have the necessary postage for large volume mailings. Use ACH for permit imprints and postage meter resetting.

How It Works

You can either pre-funded your postage (ACH Credit) or fund your postage on-demand (ACH Debit). You’ll need to contact your bank to specify how you’d like to pay for your postage.

For PC Postage®, contact your PC Postage company and ask for PostageNow® (specify ACH Debit).

To use ACH Credit for Permit Imprints, you’ll need to establish a PostalOne!® Postage Payment Account.

Set Up a PostalOne! Account

To reset your postage meter, call your meter company and initiate an ACH Credit or ACH Debit.

Fedwire®

Use for postage purchases greater than $25,000. Fund your postage or permit account with money transferred from your bank account.

How It Works

To use Fedwire®, you’ll need to establish a PostalOne!® Postage Payment Account.

Set Up a PostalOne! Account

Contact your bank to initiate a Fedwire payment

You’ll need the following information for each wire payment:

  • PostalOne! Postage Payment Account bank account number and routing transit number
  • Payment amount
  • PostalOne! Postage Payment Account number

Approved PC Postage® Providers

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