Remote Encoding Center – REC – deciphering handwriting

Write badly?

We can still read it!

Chicken scratch. The Postal Service has an entire operation dedicated to deciphering poor penmanship.

* | Tags: Fun facts USPS Fact #1105 | April 15, 2024

Letter mail at a processing plant that cannot be read by the automated equipment has an image taken and transmitted to the Remote Encoding Center (REC). At the REC, employees look at the image and type in address information. The information is matched up with a valid address, the data is transmitted back to the equipment at the plant, and a barcode is printed on the letter. That barcode can be read by any letter processing machine in the Postal Service, keeping the letter within the automated stream of mail in the postal network.