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.Know More
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 about Postal Services
In addition to the regular postage rates, the 2014 extra postage fee for a square envelope is 20 cents for a 1oz envelope and 21 cents for a 2 oz envelope (additional fees may be charged for larger sizes). There is an additional charge because square envelopes cannot be run through the regular automated postal machines, thus requiring special handling.Full Answer >
According to the United States Postal System (USPS), First-Class mail, defined as any package or envelope weighing up to 13 ounces, generally has an expected delivery of 2-3 days, but can be as soon as one day. This mailing option is suited for light merchandise, personal correspondence and bills.Full Answer >
As of September 2014, First-Class postage for a single piece of mail weighing 1 ounce or less is 49 cents for a stamped letter-size envelope, 98 cents for a large flat envelope and $2.32 for a parcel. The price increases according to the weight of the envelope or parcel.Full Answer >
The U.S. postage rate for domestic First Class mail increased from 41 cents to 42 cents on May 12, 2008. That rate covers standard-size letters that weigh up to 1 ounce. The charge for additional ounces remained at 17 cents.Full Answer >