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This is a USPS service for inexpensively shipping books and education material. Media Mail is ONLY for Education related shipping. 


Media Mail is a closely regulated service and packages using the Media Mail rate cannot contain advertising, computer drives, digital drives, or video games of any kind.


USPS Media Mail is limited to shipping the following: 


  • Books (at least 8 pages).
  • Sound recordings and video recordings, such as CDs and DVDs.
  • Play scripts 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.
  • 16-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.

Due to the heavy restrictions of Media Mail, the USPS retains the right to open and inspect packages to check for abuse of the system. If contents violate Media Mail guidelines, then the package may be returned due to insufficient postage or the postage difference may be billed via APV.


Best  Used for: 

Shipping books and educational materials.


Basic Info


Domestic Only


Delivery timeline

Average 2-8 business days.

This is not a guaranteed service; delivery may be delayed.


Confirmation Options

Tracking included for free.


Insurance Options

Insurance is available for an added fee. Learn about available insurance options in ShipStation.


Rate Calculation

Domestic rates are determined by package weight.

All Media Mail shipments receive Retail rates.



Restricted Items

Restricted to books and educational materials. The service is closely regulated, so only select if your products qualify. USPS reserves the right to open and inspect any Media Mail shipment. If you think your products may qualify, carefully review USPS’s content standards for Media Mail.


Among the list of prohibited content, Media Mail shipments cannot contain advertising, computer drives, digital drives, or video games of any kind.


Weight Limits

Maximum weight for domestic shipments: up to 70 lbs.


Package Dimension Limits

The maximum combined length and girth is 108".

Meaning the combined measurement of the longest side and the distance around the thickest part can’t be more than 108".

Version history
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Last update:
‎03-05-2021 12:39 PM
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