Package Opened by the Post Office July 19, 2019

I recently received a package from Washington state. It was shipped book rate media mail rate through United States Postal Service (USPS). On the front was a notice “Opened by USPS for inspection” or something along those lines. It was a gift for a friend. When I opened the box, there was a letter from USPS where it indicated the reason for the opening:

Media Mail Service

Media Mail® service has special eligibility requirements for permissible contents. Media Mail rates are limited to the items listed below:

  • Books (at least 8 pages).
  • Sound recordings and video recordings, such as CDs and DVDs.
  • Playscripts and manuscripts for books, periodicals, and music.
  • Printed music.
  • Computer-readable media containing prerecorded information and guides or scripts prepared solely for use with such media.
  • Sixteen millimeter or narrower width films.
  • Printed objective test materials and their accessories.
  • Printed educational reference charts.
  • Loose-leaf pages and their binders consisting of medical information for distribution to doctors, hospitals, medical schools, and medical students.

Media Mail Packages may not contain advertising except that books may contain incidental announcements of other books and sound recordings may contain incidental announcements of other sound recordings. In accordance

with standards in the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM 300) 173.3.2, Media Mail Packages are subject to inspection by the Postal Service™. Upon such inspection, matter not eligible for the Media Mail rate may be assessed at the proper rate and sent to the recipient postage due, or the sender may be contacted for additional postage (DMM 604.8.1).

For more information about Media Mail service, please visit or call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777). Complete explanations of qualified items may be found in DMM 173.3.2.

Notice 121

July 2008

PSN 7610-07-000-4037

It met the qualifications, but they waited until it was here to check for it. Personally, I would have preferred they checked it before it left the town in Washington state it was mailed from.

I can’t speak for other countries who have similar restrictions, but be aware and follow whatever restrictions your country’s postal system has in place. It was strange because I have received hundreds of book rate/media mail rate packages over the decades, and this was the first one flagged. I am pretty sure at least some of those items didn’t meet the requirements listed above.

About Wichita Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's
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