There are many standards of operation set in place by the USPS and they are all intended to ease the process and guarantee successful delivery of all mail and packages for residences and businesses. The USPS utilizes a strategic system of validation for all mail that comes through their stations. The system is trained to recognize valid and invalid mail codes or addresses. In any case that an incorrect or improper address has been labeled on outgoing mail, there will be a delay or possible failure in delivering that particular piece or batch of mail. This may be a simple mistake to correct for residential mailings, as the mail can easily be returned to sender. Businesses that implement mass mailing efforts of any kind may not be so fortunate if this happens to any of their outgoing mail types.
There are a few common core standards to be assessed when mailing pieces or packages that ensure mail is properly delivered. The USPS recognizes a CASS certified approach before an address is recognized as valid or deliverable. This system makes any corrections necessary to the address when possible, to include, missing Zip code digits, complete address amendments and other oversights. Proper addresses must include US Postal service standard city, state and zips in order to be considered valid. These technical standards make the mailing cycle much simpler for the mailer as well as the postal service.
There are many cases where an individual’s basic knowledge of a certain location can lead to costly errors. United States validation methods adhere to uniform names of cities and not nicknames or alias. This is often a short coming in mailing pieces or packages to destinations and can prevent mail from being properly accepted or processes. Zip codes are a part of a unique management system that specifies each zip code to one particular city name. Software that is CASS certified helps to differentiate the difference in what is acceptable and what is not by the Postal Service. Another common piece of knowledge is that all addresses must be complete in order to process the delivery of any mail or package. Again, certified CASS software is designed to meet the standards of the USPS Address Validation protocol. Basic knowledge is good to have but validation of addresses is what makes the difference in successful or failed delivery.
USPS Address Validation is an important part of the mailing process. Anchor Computer Software knows the importance of accuracy in mailing addresses.