March 2, 2015

2015 USPS Certified Mail Rates


2015 Certified Mail Rate Update: 

The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced plans Friday January 16, 2015 to seek a Postal Rate increase in 2015. This means current pricing will increase if approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).

Today the cost to send a 1-ounce USPS Certified Mail letter with Return Receipt (Green Card) cost $6.48. If you use Certified Mail Labels with Electronic Delivery Confirmation the cost can be reduced to $4.51.


The cost  to send a 1-ounce USPS Certified Mail letter with Return Receipt (Green Card) cost $6.48.   If you use  Electronic Delivery Confirmation the cost can be reduced to $4.51.  Return Receipt Electronic (PDF Signatures) will increase to $1.35. By using online Postage the First Class postage will cost $0.48.  In summary, eliminating use of the old fashioned green card forms and stamps can save you $1.97 per mailing.

2015 Certified Mail Costs

USPS Postage Rates2015 Cost$ Increase Since Last Rate Increase
Certified Mail Fee$3.30$0.20
Return Receipt Green Card$2.70$0.15
Return Receipt Electronic - (replaces Green Card)$1.35$0.10
First Class Postage (1 OZ)$0.48$0.02
Additional OZ First Class Postage$0.21$0.01
Flats 1 OZ rate (9" X 12") $0.98$0.08
Signature After Mailing$5.25$0.30
Restricted Delivery Service$5.05$0.30

USPS Certified Mail rates increased to $3.30 per letter in 2014.  If you use the old fashioned green cards with the traditional Return Receipt service will add $2.70 to your mailing cost. Electronic Delivery Confirmation and Electronic Return Receipt is delivery confirmation information collected and authored by the U.S. Postal Service to provide evidence and proof of deliver for compliance mailings used in health care, property management, assett recovery, collection and other critical forms of notificitations.

First Class postage rates increased two cents to $0.48. Each additional OZ of postage costs $0.21.  If you are still using the old fashioned green cards and stickers from the Post Office your are paying $6.48. 

Current 2015 USPS Certified Mail Rates & Extra Service Costs

Certified Mail rates increased from $3.30
Return Receipt green cards costing $2.70
Return Receipt Electronic signatures $1.35
First Class 1 OZ rates increased from $0.48
Flats one Oz price increased to $0.98
Additional OZ of First Class mail increased to $0.21 per oZ.

On average,  Certified Mail costs increased by +6.1%  in 2014.  Return Receipt Signature Electronic services increased +8% and First Class postage rates increases two cents or approximately +4%

Mailers may use Forever Stamps to help ease the transition during price changes. Forever Stamps do not have a denomination and will be honored for First Class Mail whenever they are used for a one-ounce letter mailing.

USPS Certified Mail Return Receipt Requested service can be purchased at the time of mailing or after the mailing. The old-fashioned green card Return Receipt Signature costs $2.70.  This displays who signed for the letter, the date of deliver and the addressee’s address.  Return Receipt Electronic signatures cost $1.35 if purchased at the time of mailing or $5.25 if you purchase them after the mailing.