Media Mail - USPS Retail | Rate Table

What are USPS Media Mail, Retail rates?

Media Mail is a cost-effective service for shipping books and education material. Media Mail packages can weigh up to 70 pounds and measure up to 108 inches in combined length and distance around the thickest part. If your package weighs under 8 ounces, it is less expensive to send it First Class. Media Mail packages must include both the sender's and receiver's full addresses.

Delivery is estimated between 2-8 days. [Read more about USPS Media Mail shipping specifications].

According to USPS, the following media are allowed to be shipped using Media Mail:

  • 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

  • Sixteen millimeters 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

Packaging may not contain advertising, and all other items are restricted from this service.


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.

Retail Rates

Media Mail rates are based on parcel weights and rate class. When weighing a package, round up to the nearest whole pound to find the postage cost.

Unlike many USPS services, Media Mail is only available at Retail pricing. Even then, Media Mail provides highly competitive postage rates for shipping educational materials.

[Learn more about USPS Retail pricing].


USPS rates changed January 9, 2022. Learn more about 2022 rates.

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Effective January 9, 2022. Learn more about 2022 rates.

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