Statements of ownership: Time to file, publish, copy


Publishers, your pub­lications’ U.S. Postal Service Statements of Ownership require your attention.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3.


The deadline for filing your Periodicals Class Statement of Ownership, Form 3526, with the Postal Service is Oct. 1.

The information provided on Form 3526 allows the U.S. Postal Service to determine whether the publication meets the standards of Periodicals mailing privileges.

Newspapers with electronic subscriptions to claim will use Form 3526x.

Obtain the necessary forms from your local post office or online at


The deadline for publishing the statement in your newspaper depends on your frequency of publication:

• Not later than Oct. 10 for publications issued more frequently than weekly.

• Not later than Oct. 31 for publications issued weekly or less frequently, but more frequently than monthly.

• For all other publications, in the first issue whose primary mailed distribution is produced after Oct. 1.


While you have these forms at hand, please fax or email a copy to HSPA for use in verifying your circulation for HSPA membership eligibility, contest eligibility and HSPA directory information.

The fax number is (317) 624-4428, and email can be sent to

Remember: The publication requirement applies to all paid-circulation newspapers, regardless of whether you use independent carrier or postal delivery.

This is a requirement to maintain your periodicals mail permit from the U.S. Postal Service. Maintaining your periodicals permit is necessary to continue your eligibility to carry public notice advertising under Indiana law.