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The MEPSI Expert Committee is a member body that collectively has knowledge of every facet of Mexico's philately. If you have a stamp or cover and are unsure of its origin or whether it is fake or genuine, contact the Expert Committee for their opinion.
Applications will be processed for members and
non-members alike. If you would like to receive blank
applications in the mail send a request to the address listed
below. You may also download the application form below. Include
a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of the
applications. Each application is an 8½ X 11 piece of paper
and a SASE with only first class postage may accommodate only up
to two applications. If you wish more be sure an apply sufficient
postage. The Administrator will provide a number of applications
in accordance with the postage amount placed on the SASE.
Requests from foreign countries will also be accepted. If you
have no US stamps for the SASE, be sure and enclose cash in the
desired amount in US currency or with a check to be drawn on a US
bank. Foreign stamps (unless rare) and currency will be returned
only after receiving a SASE to accommodate the uninsured weight.
Mail to the EC and returned from the EC are all at your risk
unless it is a letter requesting Expertization, then the rules
printed in the MEPSI Application for Expertization will
Exact payment must accompany each and every
application, the structure for fees is imprinted on all
applications. Or you may review the current fees below.
Requests for quantities of application forms
greater than 25 will be declined unless you state a case in your
cover letter that suggests a need. If you need a greater
quantity, then consider downloading and printing the applications
using the links below.
FEES FOR EXPERTIZATION BY THE MEPSI EXPERT
|FEE FOR EACH ITEM
Item, Value up to
Item, Value greater than 1,000 to $1,500
Item, value $1,500.01 -
Item, value $2,000.01 - $2,500
Item, value over $2,500
|2% of declared
|DOMESTIC MAILING FEE IS INCLUDED
|INTERNATIONAL MAIL FEE
Restricted to $15,000 insured value per shipment.
Shipment by DHL or FedEx
|Proper fees should accompany the
application. Payment should be by check in US dollars drawn on a
US bank or, if cash, in US dollars.
To download a MEPSI Application for Certificate of
Opinion form, click on the links below.
Make sure to download
both sides, and to print both sides when submitting your
The Committee will reject any applications that are
HINTS for Filling Out Applications
When submitting material to the MEPSI Expert
Committee, here are some hopefully useful hints that will aid in
expediting your material.
1) Make sure that your application is completely
filled in. The required fields that must be completed on the
application are all located on the front page. Fill in the date
that you complete the form. Make sure to fill in the center
section, the "Year Issued", "Denomination", Color (ink/paper), a
catalog number "Cat. No." and the catalog you use "Catalog
(Scott, Follansbee, etc.). Make sure to include a "FAIR MARKET
VALUE or PURCHASE PRICE" we need this information for insurance
purposes (if you do not declare it then we will assume that you
consider it worthless and it will be insured for that amount).
Provide a brief description and tell us what you wish to know
about the item.
2) Make sure to enclose payment. If payment is not
in the envelope, your application and item will be placed into
the safe until payment arrives. We do not invoice for services
rendered. If you are in doubt whether your application is in
process or for any reason you wish a status, contact the Administrator. If you include a valid email on the
application, or if your email is on record with MEPSI, then the
Administrator will attempt to contact you and advise that you
must submit payment.
3) Read the payment schedule on the application
carefully. A short payment is as bad as no payment at all, and
your material will be placed into the safe and we will await the
amount necessary for full payment.
4) When submitting covers, keep in mind that it is
often impossible for the MEPSI Expert Committee to make judgments
regarding watermarks or back printed stamps. The Committee will
not remove your stamp from the cover. At your discretion, you may
choose to remove the stamp yourself before submitting it for
opinion. But if the cover arrives with the stamps fully secured,
then the Committee will do its best to try to determine the state
of any watermarks or back printing. Keep in mind that it is
sometimes very difficult to detect certain watermarks in the best
of conditions, so do not expect miracles in the worst of
conditions. If a stamp is still affixed to the envelope and you
request a certificate for an unwatermarked variety, the Expert
Committee will NOT issue such a certificate. You will receive a
certificate stating that "it is either [a watermarked variety] or
an [unwatermarked variety]". Same goes for back phosphorescence
and moire printing (etc.).
5) Do not attempt to put multiple items on a single
application. If this is done, the Committee will, at their
discretion, select one of the items and process it leaving the
other unprocessed. Each item requires a separate application.