What Are The Tabbing Options Available For Direct Mail?

Un-enveloped letter-size mail pieces prepared for automation mailings must be secured (tabbed) to prevent an open edge from jamming high-speed processing equipment. Standards for tabbing are based on basis weight of paper stock used and the location of the folded or bound edge.

Number and location of tabs are specified for particular types of letter-size mail. In all cases, additional tabs may be used. Tabs must not interfere with recognition of the bar code, rate marking, postage identification, or required address information.

One Tab in the Center

With one tab in the middle, the folded edge must be at the bottom of the self-mailer. The tab must be placed in the middle of the top edge of the piece. See below for correct placement of the addressing elements.

2 Tabs (1" From Each Edge)


With two tabs, the folded edge may be at the top or bottom of the self-mailer. The two tabs must be placed on the open edge, opposite the folded edge. One tab must be placed within 1 inch of the left edge of the piece; the other, within 1 inch of the right edge of the piece