39 CFR 501.1 - Definitions.

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§ 501.1 Definitions.

(a)Postage Evidencing Systems regulated by part 501 produce evidence of prepayment of postage by any method other than postage stamps and permit imprints. A Postage Evidencing System is a device or system of components that a customer uses to generate and print evidence that postage required for mailing has been paid. Postage Evidencing Systems print indicia, such as meter imprints or information-based indicia to indicate postage payment. They include but are not limited to postage meters and PC Postage systems.

(b) A postage meter is a Postal Service-approved Postage Evidencing System that uses a device to account for postage purchased and printed. The term meter as used in this part refers to a postage meter.

(c)PC Postage products are Postal Service-approved Postage Evidencing Systems that use a personal computer as an integral part of the system. PC Postage products may use the Internet to download postage to a mailer's computer from which the postage indicia may then be printed.

(d) A provider is a person or entity authorized under this section to manufacture and/or distribute Postage Evidencing Systems to customers.

(e) A manufacturer of postage meters produces postage meters.

(f) A distributor of postage meters may be a manufacturer who leases postage meters directly to end-user customers or may be an independent entity who leases postage meters to end-user customers on behalf of the manufacturer.

(g) A customer is a person or entity authorized by the Postal Service to use a Postage Evidencing System as an end user in accordance with Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM), including 604 Postage Payment Methods and Refunds, 4.0 Postage Meters and PC Postage Products (Postage Evidencing Systems).

[ 71 FR 65733, Nov. 9, 2006, as amended at 80 FR 42392, July 17, 2015]

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Title 39 published on 05-Feb-2018 04:13

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 39 CFR Part 501 after this date.

  • 2017-12-19; vol. 82 # 242 - Tuesday, December 19, 2017
    1. 82 FR 60117 - Revisions to the Requirements for Authority To Manufacture and Distribute Postage Evidencing Systems; Customized Postage Products
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      Final rule.
      These amendments take effect on May 15, 2018.
      39 CFR Part 501
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