- Facing Identification Mark
The Facing Identification Mark, or FIM, is a
bar codedesigned by the United States Postal Serviceto assist in the automated processing of postage stampor its equivalent is placed). The FIM is intended for use primarily on preprinted envelopes and postcards and is applied by the company printing the envelopes or postcards, not by the USPS.
The FIM is a nine-bit code consisting of ones (vertical bars) and zeroes (blank spaces). The following four codes are in use:
*FIM A: 110010011
*FIM B: 101101101
*FIM C: 110101011
*FIM D: 111010111
The FIM serves the following purposes. It allows the proper facing of mail for cancellation. It also identifies the manner in which postage is paid (e.g., business reply mail or
Information Based Indicia(IBI) postage) and whether that business reply mail has a POSTNETbar code. If the POSTNET bar code is present, the mail can be sent directly to a barcode sorter.
The four codes have the following uses:
*FIM A is used for
courtesy reply mailand metered reply mailwith a preprinted POSTNET bar code. In both of these types of mail, the postage is prepaid, either by a postage stamp in the case of courtesy reply mail or by a postage meterin the case of metered reply mail.
*FIM B is used for
business reply mailwithout a preprinted ZIP+4 bar code.
*FIM C is used for business reply mail with a preprinted ZIP+4 bar code.
*FIM D is used only with IBI postage.
* [http://pe.usps.gov/text/qsg300/Q507b.htm Courtesy Reply Mail from the USPS] (Layout Guidelines)
* [http://pe.usps.gov/mpdesign/misc_docs/mqc_html/mqc_9.htm Reply and Return Mail] (Mailpiece Quality Control Program, chapter 9), a USPS document showing the four FIM codes
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