More on Franking

Dec 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Republican and Democratic lawmakers today praised the release of new Communications Standards by the House Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards (Franking Commission).

Apr 29, 2019 Page

Initial Submission

Member offices must submit an Advisory Opinion Request prior to distribution of all unsolicited mass emails via the online portal here. This does not include mass emails send to opted-in/subscriber lists.

The attachment must be submitted as an actual email file (.eml, .msg, etc.) in its final format (send yourself a test email) – as the constituent will view it, with all clickable links activated.

Apr 29, 2019 Page

A Member may not send any unsolicited mass mailing or mass communication less than 90 days immediately before the date of any primary or general election (whether regular, special, or runoff) in which the Member is a candidate for public office.

Please Note: Primaries are subject to change. The General Election Blackout for Members, Delegates and the Resident Commissioner begins August 5, 2020. Some states may have runoff date restrictions.

Apr 23, 2019 Page


The House Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards (“Commission”) operates pursuant to the authority set forth in Title 2, Chapter 16 of the U.S. Code. The regulations issued are under that authority and are consistent with the laws governing the use and content of franked mail and communications in Title 39, Chapter 32 of the U.S. Code. These regulations supersede the Regulations on the Use of the Congressional Frank dated July 2017.