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IntelligentMail barcode

It is also known as the USPS OneCode Solution or USPS 4-State Customer Barcode (abbreviated 4CB, 4-CB, or USPS4CB).

The Intelligent Mail® barcode (formally known as the 4-State Customer Barcode) is the next generation of USPS® barcode technology used to sort and track letters and flats. Intelligent Mail® barcode technology, among other things, combines the capabilities of the POSTNET barcode and the Planet Code® barcode into one unique barcode.

Intelligent Mail Barcode Data Fields – Table I shows payload data fields to be encoded. The 20-digit tracking code shall consist of the Barcode Identifier, Service Type Identifier, Mailer Identifier, and Serial Number fields in the order specified in Table I. The routing code shall consist of the delivery point ZIP Code. The Intelligent Mail barcode shall be capable of encoding up to 31 digits of data.

Table I. - Intelligent Mail Barcode Data Fields
Tracking CodeBarcode Identifier2 (2nd digit must be 0–4)
Service Type Identifier3
Mailer Identifier6 or 9
Serial Number9 (when used with 6 digit Mailer ID)
6 (when used with 9 digit Mailer ID)
Routing CodeDelivery Point ZIP Code0, 5, 9, or 11
  Total 31 maximum

Table II. Comparising Intelligent Mail vs. Existing symbologies
FieldIntelligent MailPlanet barcodePostNet
Barcode ID200
Servide type320
Mailer ID6 or 950
Serial Number9 or 660
Delivery Point ZIP Codenone , 5, 9, 1105,9, or 11
Total digits31 digits13 digits 11 digits

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