identification mark (FIM) serves to orient and separate certain types of
First-Class Mail during the facing-canceling process.
The Facing Identification Mark barcode is
designated by the USPS to assist in automatically processing mail. These
are the vertical bars located to the left of the stamp on many preprinted
Printed indicia, instead of an adhesive postage stamp or
meter stamp that shows postage prepayment by an authorized mailer. You can
apply for a permit with the United States Postal Service here.
Postage indica designation on male denotes postage payment
through the United States Postal Services, requiring a permit number through
These lines of text will
inform the United States Postal Service of additional requests in the case that
the mail is undeliverable. When these services are used, there is an
additional fee to the USPS, information on the fees can be found here.
Ancillary service endorsements are
used by mailers to request an addressee's new address and to provide the USPS
with instructions on how to handle undeliverable-as-addressed pieces.
They are the same for each class of male, though there are different costs
associated with the various services. (See usps.com for postage rates).