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Holiday postmarks

REAL ID, other updates also offered

These simulated envelopes display the national and Greetings from the North Pole Post Office holiday postmarks.

Merry mail. To help celebrate the holiday season, all First-Class Mail postage stamps will be canceled using the national holiday postmark from Dec. 2-31. This year’s postmark features a festive wreath — a nod to the new Holiday Wreaths stamps.

Another holiday postmark is available through the Greetings from the North Pole Post Office program, which allows children to mail a letter to Santa Claus and receive a personalized reply in an envelope with a special North Pole postmark.

Letters must be received by Dec. 13 to receive the North Pole postmark.

REAL deal. Starting Oct. 1, 2020, all travelers will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license in order to clear airport security checkpoints to fly within the United States.

Valid passports or military IDs or another forms of REAL ID-compliant identification will also be accepted.

Many states issue REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards, distinguished by a star at the top of the card.

For more information, contact your state’s department of motor vehicles or refer to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration websites.

Northeast news. USPS recently mailed Northeast Area Update’s latest issue to employees in the area.

The newsletter, which is also available on Blue and LiteBlue, features articles about employee engagement, including stories about each of the 12 principles that drive the Postal Service’s efforts.

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