I received an email containing the following article. I don’t know who wrote it, but it appears credible. Unfortunately, not every claim in the article is documented with an underlying authority. However, most of the claims can be traced to an authority.
While I have embraced the idea that TX, OK and CA signify “administrative divisions of US territory,” this article claims that use of the Zip Code creates prima facie evidence that you are a “resident” or Washington DC. The two hypotheses seem to deal with the same concept: that the government presumes we are in a federal venue (where we are subjects of Congress) rather than within a venue of a State of the Union (where we are individual sovereigns).
Nevertheless, it may well be that the author of this article has presented an hypothesis that is more accurate than the “The State vs this state” hypothesis that I’ve advocated. Or maybe my hypothesis is better than his. I don’t know. Or perhaps both hypotheses, though similar, are still flawed. I don’t know who has the answer, but the following article appears to be a step in the right direction in that it provides more evidence of the need to understand, assert and control your venue (“know your place”).
All in all, the article appears to be valid. But like anything else, take it all with salt. Confirm whatever you can before you try to use the proposed strategy. Let us know what you learn.
Use of the ZIP Code is voluntary (see Domestic Mail Services Regulations, Section 122.32). The Postal Service can not discriminate against the non-use of the ZIP Code (see Postal Reorganization Act, Section 403 [Public Law 91-375]),
The federal government utilizes the ZIP Code to prove that you reside in a “federal district of the District of Columbia.” This is why the IRS and other government agencies (both state and federal) require a ZIP Code when they assert jurisdiction by sending you a letter. Though they claim its use is to speed the mail, it is a well planned and subtle trick. It is also PRIMA FACIE EVIDENCE that you are a subject of Congress and a “citizen of the District of Columbia,” who is “resident” in one of the 50 several states. U.S. “residency” was, along with U.S. “citizenship,” established by the 14th Amendment. The definition of the words “resident” and “inhabitant” mean the same thing (27 Fed. Cas.#16,024 US. v. Penelope (1508)). Since nearly all exercise of jurisdiction by federal government is “Commerce Clause” based, action by the feds may only be taken upon U.S. residents. A resident is one who opens a store or takes any step preparatory to business. A resident engages in buying and selling, a commercial activity. The “step preparatory” was the “birth certificate” (another subject, for another time).
The receipt of mail with a ZIP Code is one of the requirements for the IRS to have jurisdiction to send you notices. The government can not bill an American National, as he is not within the purview of the municipal laws of the District of Columbia. In fact, the Internal Revenue Service has adopted the ZIP Code areas as Internal Revenue Districts (see the Federal Register, Volume 5 1, #53, Wednesday, March 19, 1986).
Remember, the Postal Service is a private corporation, no longer a full government agency. It is a quasi governmental agency like the Federal Reserve System, the Internal Revenue Service and the United States Marshall Service. As private corporations they are all outside the restrictions of the Federal Constitution. They are all powerful in their respective areas of responsibility to enforce collection for the federal debt.
When you use the Zip Code you are, in effect, saying openly and notoriously that you do not live in the American Republic, but instead, are a “resident” in the “state of the forum” area of the District of Columbia (a federal district). This places you within the municipal jurisdiction of the District of Columbia. Now, what is your status? Are you a “slave” and a second class citizen (so commonly referred to as a “federal or U.S. citizen”) or are you an American National, in the American Republic? Don’t we say: I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands…..? You must decide who and what you are. The importance of exercising your claim of exemption from use of the ZIP Code can not be overstated. This is especially true when litigating federal matters. When you claim the exemption from ZIP Codes you show the status of not a U.S. resident. Many people simply leave the ZIP Code off, but this just looks like an oversight on your part, not an intentional act of claiming the exemption, and “they” will simply issue the ZIP to you.
To claim the exemption from ZIP Codes:
1) Write “c/o” before the street address.
2) Use the “postal zone” (follow the name of the city with the last 2 digits of the ZIP).
3) Spell out and underline the state.
4) Add the words ZIP EXEMPT.
5) Use upper and lower case letters with initial caps only, don’t use ALL CAPS.
6) Don’t appreviate Street, Highway, Avenue, etc. (optional)
1234 MAIN ST.
c/o 1234 Main Street
Pasadena 01, California
I use a different format for my mailing address. You can see that format on my “Contact” page. I will probably upgrade my format to include “Zip Exempt”. I think the author of the previous article made a very good point when he said that merely refusing to include a Zip Code on your letters can be presumed to be an “oversight” which the Post Office will “correct” by adding a Zip Code on your behalf.
I’ve sent letters without Zip Codes in the past and watched as the clerk in the Post Office added a Zip Code. I let it go because the addition was made in a different colored ink and hand-written and therefore distinct from the address I personally typed/printed onto the envelope. I thought that distinction would be sufficient to deny the Zip Code link.
In retrospect, I think I was probably wrong. I should’ve included “Zip Exempt” on my letters in order to expressly declare that the absence of a Zip Code is not an oversight, but an intentional choice and therefore evidence that I voluntarily choose to live and act within the borders of a State of the Union rather than a federal territory and/or Washington DC.