Billing

You can manage Lob Credits, payment methods, plans & usage, billing groups (if applicable), and preferences from the Billing tab in the Lob dashboard.

How Lob's billing model works

Lob's billing includes three components for both our Print & Mail and Address Verification products:

  1. Subscriptions: Recurring subscriptions to access our premium technology platform. Subscriptions are billed upfront, either annually or monthly, at the start of the chosen billing cycle.

  2. Mail piece usage cost & add-on charges: Funded via Lob Credits and priced per your plan's mail piece unit pricing inclusive of printing, postage, and delivery costs; includes add-on or overage charges if applicable.

  3. Premium support charge (if applicable): Billed monthly at the start of each calendar month.

Lob's billing cycle

Lob’s recurring platform subscription will be billed monthly or annually, depending on your plan.

  • For subscriptions that do not start on the first of a month, monthly subscriptions for Print & Mail will be charged at a prorated amount for the first month and a recurring full monthly charge on the 1st of each subsequent month. Charges for mail pieces and add-on charges will be applied to your bill every month.

  • Annual subscriptions will be charged at the time of purchase. The payment covers the prorated amount for the current month and the subsequent eleven months. The upfront annual subscription fee will be charged every subsequent year. Charges for mail pieces and add-on charges will be applied to your bill monthly.

  • Once a subscription plan is purchased, it will renew automatically at the start of each billing cycle (monthly or yearly) unless you perform an upgrade, downgrade, or cancel.

Usage counts for mailing volumes are applied based on calendar months and will reset on the first of each month at 12:00AM UTC.

Adding a corporate billing address

Ensuring that your corporate billing address is on file and remains updated is an important step in accurately calculating your sales tax.

  • Your Billing Address (noted in Payment Methods under Billing) is the address registered in your bank and listed to your credit card details.

  • This is different from your company address (noted under Account, located in Settings), which is the address that is registered to the company that conducts business with Lob.

  • For SMBs or private individuals, the billing and company addresses may be the same.

Account administrators can add or edit their primary corporate billing address information at the bottom of the Payment Methods tab under Billing, by clicking on the 'edit' icon to the right of the Billing Address section title.

Payment Methods

Adding a payment method

Only account administrators can add a payment method under Payment Methods (nested under Billing) in the Lob dashboard. Lob accepts two kinds of payment types: Automated Clearing House (ACH) and credit cards.

A payment method must be added to your account to use the Live API key to make live Print & Mail API requests.

The exception is that a payment method is not required for the first 300 live Address Verification API requests per month to the /v1/us_verifications endpoint. After the first 300 verification requests, you will begin receiving errors with status code 403.

Automated Clearing House (ACH)

If you are sending at high volumes, we recommend you set up electronic ACH payments. If you are spending over $2,000 a month, we will require that you set up ACH.

For any future updates to your bank account (ACH) beyond the initial setup, you will need to contact support@lob.com to change the bank account on file.

If you are sending checks to customers, you must also set up and verify a bank account under your profile's Bank Accounts section (nested under Print & Mail in the dashboard) from which to originate your checks. Once the bank account is set up, see our Checks API documentation, or the mail piece designs on checks, for more information.

Credit cards

We accept the following international and domestic credit cards:

  • American Express

  • China UnionPay (CUP)

  • Discover & Diners

  • Japan Credit Bureau (JCB)

  • Mastercard

  • Visa

For details on each payment method (including funds availability timelines) reference this Lob Payment Methods Help Center article.

Plans & Usage

Current plan details: Toggle between Print & Mail, US or Int'l Verifications, or Premium Support plans to see the details of your current Lob plan and preview other available plans

Current month usage: Find a more granular breakdown of the prices + mail piece volumes sent, or verifications made, from all your API requests within the last calendar month, aggregated by your Lob plan

Invoices

Viewing invoices

You can view your invoices, both current and historical, at any time in the Invoices tab (nested under Billing) in the dashboard as shown below.

  • Invoice Summary will download an invoice summary for the select period in PDF format.

  • Invoice Details will download a .csv file separating out the value of postage from the total sales price. (Note: Invoice Details is only available for invoices starting January 2023.)

  • YTD Sales Tax Summary: will download a .csv file separating out usage per product per tax jurisdiction and associated sales tax charges. Refer here for more information on sales taxes.

Paying invoices

If your primary payment method is an ACH account, you can pay an outstanding invoice by reaching out to support via email at support@lob.com with your invoice number and stating your desire to recharge the outstanding balance.

If your primary payment method is a credit card, you can recharge your invoice directly by clicking on the “recharge” button next to the unpaid invoice in your Lob dashboard.

Note: the "recharge" option is only visible to Admins on your account.

Billing Groups

Access to this feature is exclusive to Enterprise Edition customers. Upgrade to the appropriate Print & Mail Edition to gain access.

For Enterprise edition customers, Lob can address specialized billing needs by allowing greater flexibility to generate invoices that are more reflective of your Lob Print & Mail usage. This can simplify fractional charges between the different parts of your organization that send mail, and provide data-driven visibility that unlocks new revenue potential based on a “pay for what you use” billing structure.

Specialized billing needs may be defined by (but not limited to):

  • Separating annual subscriptions vs consumption-based monthly usage charges

  • Differentiating monthly usage between different cost centers or end-customers

    • Examples: Different campaign objectives within a marketing team, different teams or departments, offices/entities located across multiple states, or white-labeling Lob

To simplify your cost calculations by customizing your billing structure, a detailed request should be made to your Account Manager. Once this request is reviewed and approved by our Finance team, our team will be able to provide further instructions on how to modify your invoice and fulfill your needs at the start of the following billing period.

Refer to our API documentation for more information on creating flexible billing groups from the API. Customers with access to this feature can create a billing group from the Lob Dashboard here. If you are an Enterprise edition customer who is interested in enabling this billing modification, reach out to your Account Manager.

Billing Preferences

You can add or update Accounts Payable emails:

You can also indicate if you would like to receive a notification when your Lob Credits goes below a certain threshold.

Redeeming account credits

Not to be confused with Lob Credits, Lob may issue account credits for any transaction or item eligible for crediting (like a billing error). In the Lob dashboard, under Settings and then the Account tab, you can view any credit amounts issued to your account, along with their associated expiration date.

Any existing credit for the current month will be reflected and automatically deducted in your next billing cycle's invoice. This credit will be represented in the "Other Charges" section of the invoices, and listed as "Account Credit." This credit cannot be applied retroactively.

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