Intelligent Mail Indicia (IMI) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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Today, there are two types of meter technology, or Performance Criteria, in use:
- Information Based Indicia (IBI)
- The new standard Intelligent Mail Indicia (IMI)
The USPS is ending the older IBI technology and moving to the new standard, IMI.
Postage and transaction data that USPS gets from IBI is limited, and it inhibits them from fully automating some back-office operations (such as refunds and proper postage payment validation).
The IMI standard will provide much more detailed real-time transaction data, enabling the USPS to automate operations, employ better security standards, and ensure correct postage is used.
The USPS stated in its final rule that all non-IMI compliant meters will become decertified on June 30, 2024, and must be withdrawn from service by December 31, 2024. In addition, all providers must stop manufacturing and leasing non-IMI compliant meters for lease lengths extending beyond December 31, 2024.