USPS to offer Adult Signature service

Starting June 6 the US Postal Service will offer a service providing commercial and online mailers the option of requiring a verified adult signature from a recipient:

SUMMARY: The Postal Service is revising the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM(R)) 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.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Effective July 5, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Key at 202-268-7492 or Richard Daigle at 202-268-6392.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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(R), Priority Mail(R) (including Critical Mail^TM^), Parcel Select(R) 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(R).

. USPS(R)-approved PC Postage(R) (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(R) 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.

via Federal Register.