POSTNET and PLANET Barcode Internet Online Decoder
Triskelion Ltd (c) 1991-2013, all rights reserved
Library of Congress Registration TX3061712
POSTNET or PLANET barcode types are:
POSTNET (ZIP code) A Field" 5 digit ZIP (e.g. 12345) C Field" 9 digit ZIP (e.g. 12345-6789) C' Field" 11 digit ZIP (e.g. 12345-6789-01) B Field" adds 6 digits (e.g. 45-6789) (makes 9 digit ZIP) B' Field" adds 8 digits (e.g. 45-6789-01)(makes 11 digit ZIP) PLANET (tracking barcode) origin confirm barcode with customer ID (e.g. 21-123456789-2) service 21 = residual mail service 50 = courtesy reply letters service 51 = courtesy reply flats service 52 = business reply letters service 53 = business reply flats service 54 = business reply cards service 56 = QBRM letters service 57 = QBRM cards service 58 = courtesy reply cards destination confirm barcode with subscriber and mailing ID (e.g. 22-12345-6789-2) service 22 = residual mail service 30 = ? computerized forwarding system code for forwarded mail (followed by destination ZIP code) one observation by Terry Hines in Jan. 2013 - please report any others service 40 = first class letters service 41 = first class flats service 42 = standard letters service 43 = standard flats service 44 = periodical letters service 45 = periodical flats service 46 = first class cards service 47 = standard cards
- send check / money order for fifteen dollars ($15) and your mailing address to:
Triskelion Ltd., PO Box 153, Bethel CT 06801-0153
The POSTNET decoder software and POSTNETB barcode debug software with an informational sheet about the USPS POSTNET barcode will be shipped to you by first class mail (floppy disk) OR by email (ZIP file).
- send check / money order for twenty five dollars ($25) and your mailing address to:
Triskelion Ltd., PO Box 153, Bethel CT 06801-0153
The POSTNET decoder software and POSTNETB barcode debug software with a stand alone web browser POSTNET / PLANET code decoder, and an informational sheet about the USPS POSTNET barcode will be shipped to you by first class mail (floppy disk) OR by email (ZIP file).
No, however the USPS online IMB decoder can do so.
The WORD word processor from MICROSOFT (check under "Envelopes" options) and many other programs (such as: My Advanced Mailing List available at Office Superstores and Postalsoft "Address Dictionary" from 1-800-831-6245) will create POSTNET barcodes to go with addresses on envelopes. Such programs, however, do not meet United States Postal Service (USPS) CASS certification regulations unless the ZIP codes have been confirmed against a licensed database within the last 6 months. Some vendors offer subscription services to provide the mandatory regular updates to maintain certification. In short getting the font to print the barcodes can be achieved through several routes but the USPS won't give you a discount. Naturally the postal service's concern is that wrong barcodes are worse than none because they misdirect the mail. Perhaps the United States Postal Service publication Mailer's Companion shows this question best. goodbar.gif
1/ PITNEY BOWES Shipping & Weighing: "SmartMailer" through 1-800-MR-BOWES (needs annual subscription)
2/ POSTALSOFT: "DeskTop Postal Code" through 800-831-6245 (needs annual subscription)
3/ MySoftware Co: "My Advanced Mailing List" through office superstores (needs annual subscription)
Given a valid U.S. postal address, this server attempts to rewrite the address in the proper format along with the ZIP+4 code. If it is successful, you can retrieve a Postscript or a GIF file of the address for printing, with a barcode! You can also view a street map of the address, from 2 different Internet map sites (MapBlast and MapQuest).
The PLANET code program has been operated as a no charge pilot program but it is moving towards a paid service. The "POSTCOM Bulletin" (April 26, 2002 page 6) reports the following three tier pricing structure was filed as a rate case by the USPS on April 24, 2002. (The average mail piece is scanned 3 times on the journey through the USPS.)
I currently know of no source for handheld automatic POSTNET barcode readers. Please email the webmaster: if you find one. High end POSTNET readers and mail processing sorters are available from a variety of vendors including Pitney Bowes, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens.
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