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or wrapper until the mail has been delivered and the necessary receipts obtained. In case of doubt as to the sufficiency of the evidence of identity offered, instructions shall be obtained from the Third Assistant Postmaster General, Division of Registered Mails, in connection with domestic registered mail, and from the Second Assistant Postmaster General, Division of International Postal Service, in connection with foreign registered mail.
(c) Unless the postmaster or carrier knows that the addressee is located at the address borne by a registered article, the correct address shall be ascertained, if practicable, to permit proper delivery or forwarding to a new address.
(d) The sender of registered mail may restrict its delivery by indorsement thereon, and the payment of an additional fee of io cents. (See § 16.3 (b) and (c).).
(1) Mail indorsed Deliver to addressee or order," or with words of similar import, shall not be delivered except to the addressee or on his written order.
(2) Mail indorsed "Deliver to addressee only," or with words of similar import, shall not be delivered to any person except the addressee, not even on his written order; if personal delivery can not be made, the mail shall be treated as undeliverable. Mail so indorsed, addressed to a firm, corporation, institution, or the like, may be delivered to the person duly authorized by the addressee in writing to receive registered mail so addressed. The word "Personal" is not to be construed as an indorsement so restricting delivery. Directions to deliver only to the addressee can not be observed when registered mail is addressed to the President, Vice President, or ex-Presidents of the United States, heads of departments or bureaus of the Government, Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, Senators or Representatives in Congress, governors of States or Territories, or to the diplomatic representatives of governments. Mail so ad. dressed when marked "Deliver to addressee only," or with words of similar import, will be delivered to the addressee or on his written order, and senders of such mail so indorsed should be advised accordingly. Mail indorsed “Deliver to addressee only" addressed to a firm, corporation, institution, or the like, shall be delivered to the person duly authorized by the addressee in writing to receive regis
red mail so addressed. The person signing for such registered matter shall add the words "Authorized agent" below the signature, or, if delivery is made to an official or member of the firm, his title shall be indicated after or below the signature.
(e) The addressee of registered mail may restrict its delivery by filing at the post office of address directions in writing, stating to whom delivery may be made, and such directions shall be strictly observed. (See $ 16.3 (b) and (c) regarding additional charge for restrictive delivery.)
(f) Unknown signatures on written orders for the delivery of registered mail shall be verified before acceptance. Standing orders shall be complied with until countermanded in writing or positively known to be inoperative. Obsolete orders shall be retained 4 years,
after which they may be disposed of as provided in section 101, Postal Laws and Regulations, Postmaster General, 1932.
(g) If the addressee is dead or insane, delivery may be made to his legal representative. (See 88 16.29, 16.30.)
(h) Registered mail addressed to a minor living with or under the control of his parents, or dependent on them for support, or under control of a guardian, is subject to the parents' or guardian's control unless it be indorsed for personal delivery, when paragraph (d) applies. In such cases, if delivery be forbidden by parents or guardian, the mail shall be so indorsed, and treated as undeliverable. (See $ 12.20 as to ordinary mail for minors.)
(i) Registered mail addressed to students at colleges and similar institutions, the delivery of which has not been restricted by the sender, may be delivered to the authorized representative of the institution unless objection to such delivery is made by the addressee or his parent or guardian, in which event the mail should be treated in accordance with $ 12.20 (e). In case of doubt as to proper delivery the matter shall be submitted to the Third Assistant Postmaster General, Division of Registered Mails, with a full statement of the facts.
(1) Registered mail, not obviously of a personal nature, addressed to a former public officer or to a former officer or employee of a firm, corporation, association, or institution, by his name and former title, shall be delivered as if addressed to the person holding the title or performing the duties of the office. If, because of unusual circumstances, a postmaster is in doubt as to the correctness of such delivery, ho shall retain the registered article and promptly ascertain the intention of the sender, in writing, through the mailing postmaster, and dispose of the mail accordingly.
(k) Registered letters from the Veterans' Administration, Bureau of Pensions, at Washington, D. C., addressed to a pensioner, a claimant for pension, or the payee of a pension, shall be delivered in accordance with the requirements of $ 12.19.
(1) Registered mail received for delivery which has been erroneously accepted for registration (8 16.2 (d)), when addressed simply to a box (post-office or rural) number, street number, to initials or fictitious names, shall be considered undeliverable and treated in accordance with g 16.24.
(m) No exception shall be made to the rules herein prescribed governing the delivery of registered mail because of relationship of any nature between the addressee and any person claiming the mail.
(n) Registered and insured mail, and collect-on-delivery mail when the distributing office transacts money-order business, in transit to a post office receiving special supply may, in cases of emergency, be delivered from the distributing office, upon the addressee's personal or written application, with satisfactory identification, but no registered, insured, or collect-on-delivery mail which is marked for delivery to the addressee only shall be delivered to other than the addressee. Records of such delivery of registered, insured, or collect-on-delivery mail shall be retained by the distributing office. Particulars of the article delivered in transit by the distributing office
shall be transmitted to the postmaster at the office of address who shall enter the article upon his records and make a note on the records to the effect that delivery was effected in transit from the distributing office.
(0) Postmasters shall exercise discretion in the delivery of registered mail. If there is reason to believe that the person or institution to whom delivery of registered mail may be authorized is not such a responsible person or institution as would care for and properly dispose of it, delivery should not be made except to the addressee or person in whose care it is addressed, or to a representative of the addressee or person in whose care it is addressed authorized in writing to receive it, or in compliance with a written order from the sender verified by the postmaster at the office of mailing.*1 [Sec. 1323, as amended by P.M.G. Order 5736, June 29, 1934]
CROSS REFERENCE: For regulations relating to registered matter from the Division of Dead Letters and Dead Parcel Post, see § 12.29.
16.29 Disposition of matter when addressee is dead. If delivery has not been restricted by the sender, registered mail for a deceased addressee may be delivered to his legal representative. If none, it shall be returned to the sender with reason indorsed thereon, unless he, through the mailing postmaster, directs delivery to an. other person. If there is no legal representative and the article is claimed by a relative of the deceased addressee, such relative may be furnished with the name and address of the sender.*+ [Sec. 1324)
16.30 Delivery of mail to specially described persons. Registered mail, the delivery of which has not been restricted by the sender or the addressee
(a) Addressed to a prisoner, may be delivered to the officer having charge or custody of the prisoner to whom the addressee's ordinary mail
is customarily delivered, or to the person acting for such officer and under his authority.
(b) Addressed to an inmate or employee of a hospital, sanitarium, or asylum, or similar institution, may be delivered to the person who customarily receives the ordinary mail of the employees or inmates of such institutions; but if a committee or a guardian has been regularly appointed for such inmate, his registered mail shall be delivered to, or in compliance with the written order of, the committee or guardian.
(c) Addressed to members of theatrical companies at a theater, may be delivered to any responsible person who customarily receives the ordinary mail of the theatrical company or its members or to any responsible person to whom ordinary mail for the theater is customarily delivered.*+ [Sec. 1325]
16.31 Liability of Department ceases on delivery of registered mail. The liability of the Department for registered mail shall cease on its delivery in accordance with the Postal laws and regulations.** [Sec. 1326) 16.32 Forwarding of matter. (a) Except as
(a) Except as provided in paragraph (e), all registered matter, except that which has once been properly delivered, may be forwarded from one post office to another, without additional charge for registry fee, on payment of the charges, if any, for transmitting the forwarding request
**For statutory and source citations, see note to $ 16.1.
(1) Upon the written order of any person to whom the matter is deliverable at the office of address.
(2) If delivery is restricted, upon the written order of any person to whom it would be deliverable in the absence of the restriction.
(3) Upon the written order of the sender or addressee verified by the postmaster who sends the request.
(4) Upon the telegraphic request from a postmaster based on the verified written order of the sender or addressee.
(5) In cases where the postmaster is satisfied that no fraud is intended, upon a written or telegraphic order received direct from the sender or addressee.
(b) If the postage required for forwarding or returning other than first-class mail which does not bear the sender's pledge to pay forwarding or return postage is not received within the period prescribed by $8 12.5, 12.36, the article shall be disposed of as an undeliverable registered article. (See $$ 16.35, 16.38.)
(c) Written orders to forward mail shall be construed to apply to both ordinary and registered mail, unless the contrary is specifically stated.
(d) Forwarding orders shall invariably be signed and retained on file. (See § 12.6.)
(e) Postmasters shall not forward to a foreign country, in compliance with requests from the senders or the addressees, domestic registered articles mailed in the United States and originally addressed for delivery at post offices in the United States. If such articles cannot be delivered at the domestic post offices of destination, they shall be marked with the reasons for their nondelivery and treated as undelivered registered matter. If the articles are of the first class and do not bear requests requiring their retention for specified periods, they shall be returned immediately.*+ [Sec. 1327, as amended by P.M.G. Order 11534, Apr. 4, 1938]
16.33 Method of forwarding. (a) In forwarding or returning registered mail, the postmaster shall not change the name of the addressee or sender, but shall change the address only, cross off the name of his post office and State and all numbers except the original mailing office registration number, plainly mark it “Forwarded," or "Returned to writer" ("R.W."), as may be proper, and dispatch it, accompanied with the original return receipt, if any. The delivery book or other authorized record in the forwarding office shall show when and to what office and State a given article was forwarded, or when and to what office and State or country the article was returned, and the number under which it was dispatched. "R.W." or "Forwarded” shall be placed opposite the entry of the article on the manifold bill or registry dispatch receipt card accompanying it when it is returned or forwarded.
(b) Registered air mail properly, prepaid at the air mail rate of postage may be forwarded to the addressee by the same means without additional charge for postage when delivery of the matter will be expedited if carried by airplane.*+ [Sec. 1328, as amended by P.M.G. Order 11533, Apr. 4, 1938]
**For statutory and source citations, see note to g 16.1.
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16.34 Registered matter found in the ordinary mail to be removed therefrom. (a) A registered article, whether of domestic or foreign origin, and regardless of its condition, found in the ordinary mail not marked "Not in the registered mail” shall be removed from the ordinary mail wherever found, backstamped, indorsed as to its condition, and repaired or reinclosed when in other than good condition, and given the safeguards provided for registered mail. Report of the finding shall be made to the Third Assistant Postmaster General, Division of Registered Mails, except in cases of international mail. The latter shall be reported to the Second Assistant Postmaster General, Division of International Postal Service.
(b) The article shall be marked to indicate that it was removed from the ordinary mail, and recorded to show original number, office and State of origin, names and addresses of sender and addressee, the amount of postage and fee borne by it, the amount of any deficiency collectible upon delivery, condition, if not good, and when and by whom found in the ordinary mail. If the article is in bad condition it shall be repaired or reinclosed. (See § 16.19.) The article shall then be disposed of as registered mail. If removed from the ordinary mail at the office of address after proper delivery, inquiry shall be made of the person whose receipt is held to ascertain reason for the article being in the ordinary mail, the article redeliv
red or otherwise properly disposed of, and the receipt originally obtained marked to show action taken.
(c) If a registered article once properly delivered is reregistered a new registry fee and any surcharge properly collectible shall be charged, and additional postage if this would be required were it ordinary mail. The registry fee and any surcharge properly collectible and any necessary additional postage and surcharge if not supplied by the addressee or agent shall be collected from the sender upon return unless prepayment of postage is required.
(d) Any registry fee required when forwarding or returning a registered article found in the ordinary mail or presented for reregistration by other than the addressee after proper delivery need not be prepaid, but if it is not prepaid the article shall be marked “Removed from the ordinary mail and registered” and “Collect ---cents on delivery," or where scales are not available, "Collect deficiency on delivery," or if reregistered after delivery the indorsement shall be "Reregistered after delivery; Collect ----cents on delivery," and dispatched as registered mail. However, if an article found in the ordinary mail or presented for re-registration after proper delivery is to be returned to the sender, the postmaster shall advise the sender that the article is held, stating the amount of additional registry fee, and postage, if any, required for returning it, provided the period specified in the return request, or in its absence the period prescribed by the regulations for the retention of the article, will permit of notice to the sender and the receipt of reply within the prescribed period. If the article bears the pledge of the sender to
**For statutory and source citations, see note to 8 16.1.