Franked mail does not use official postage; it can be identified by the signature of the authorized person who sent it. A franked envelope is official government mail that can only be used by members of Congress, the vice president and other authorized officials.
Franked mail is regulated by the Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards. The body also hears formal complaints when someone believes that a member of Congress has violated the rules.
Franked mail sent to 500 or more constituents must include a statement that the mailing was sent at taxpayer expense. Offensive language or derogatory statements about another member of Congress are prohibited.Learn More
The first modern postage stamp was issued on May 6, 1840, in Great Britain and was known as the Penny Black stamp. It featured the profile of Queen Victoria's head.Full Answer >
Mail is delivered through the United States Postal Service on Good Friday. This is because Good Friday is not considered a federal or national holiday. Since Good Friday is not considered a federal or national holiday, any state or federal government office will be open that day.Full Answer >
The United States Postal Service (USPS) offers a variety of shipping options, each with its own delivery rate and schedule. Standard Post is delivered in two to eight business days according to the USPS.Full Answer >
In most cases, USPS Priority Mail is delivered in one to three business days from the date of shipment, though this is not guaranteed. The speed of the U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail service varies depending on the distance between the city the package was shipped from and the destination city. Other factors that may delay service include holidays and drop-off times.Full Answer >