Believe it or not, the holiday season is upon us. Both grandmothers and companies alike are thinking about shipping goods and holiday cards through the mail—a fact that likely makes your local postal worker fall into a cold sweat.
The volume of mail during the holidays and throughout the year has the USPS® looking for help. This assistance comes from organizations that are committed to making their addresses make sense. CASSTM certification is an example of this.
What is CASS certification?
CASS certification is given to address-matching software providers who meet CASS verification standards. When it comes to addresses, that means a lower burden when sorting and delivering mail. The USPS® checks a vendor’s efforts against the Coding Accuracy Support System (CASS), which includes requirements like appending ZIP+4, carrier routes and more.
In exchange for making their work more efficient, the USPS gives organizations that use CASS verification practices through CASS-certified software significant shipping and mailing discounts. This can mean big savings for bulk mailers.
What makes a vendor CASS-certified?
CASS certification requirements change every few years and can become more rigorous. To be CASS certified today, software must provide results that pass minimum thresholds of accuracy related to a number of different areas. Some examples of these are below.
98.5 percent accuracy requirement
100 percent accuracy requirement
How do I know if a vendor is CASS certified?
Just ask—CASS certification can be a laborious process so any vendor who earns it will be happy to share. The USPS also keeps an updated list of software providers that are CASS certified.
And in case you were wondering, yes, all of our address verification tools at Experian Data Qualiy, whether used in bulk or real time, are all CASS-certified according to the most recent requirements. We developed address verification tools more than 25 years ago, and set the industry standard for address verification best practices.
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