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USPS Service Standard Change Effective October 1, 2021

Written by Michelle Toivonen

Effective October 1, 2021, the new service standards for First Class Mail® (FCM) and Periodicals begin. Most FCM traveling within the local area will be unaffected (two days). Overall, 70% of First Class Mail® will receive the service standard of 1-3 days. The Postal Service will increase time-in-transit standards for certain mail that is traveling longer distances.

Download the USPS Fact Sheet and learn

  • Service standard changes
  • What is the delivery standard based on distance traveled
  • Tips for consumers regarding the new service standards

For more information, visit the USPS Strategic Planning pagecontact us, or email

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