2016 USPS Certified Mail® Rates


2016 Certified Mail Rate Update:

On May 31, 2015 the U.S. Postal Service announced new postal rates that were approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission. The new rates begin at 12:01 AM Sunday May 31 2015.

The cost to send a 1-ounce USPS Certified Mail letter with Return Receipt (Green Card) will be $6.74.  If you use Electronic Delivery Confirmation the cost can be reduced to $4.69.  Additional options such as Return Receipt Signature Electronic in PDF format cost $1.40.  The First Class 1 oZ. PC postage will not change.

In summary, eliminating use of the old fashioned green card forms and stamps can save you $2.05 per mailing.

2016 Certified Mail Costs

USPS Postage Rates Current 2016 Rates  (Cash Prices)
Certified Mail Fee $3.45
Electronic Delivery Confirmation Receipt $0.75
Return Receipt Green Card (Old Fashioned Green Card) $2.80
Return Receipt Electronic Signature (PDF) (replaces Green Card) $1.40
First Class Postage (1 OZ) $0.485
Additional OZ First Class Postage $0.22
Flats 1 OZ rate (9″ X 12″) $0.99
Restricted Delivery Service $5.75
Signature After Mailing Discontinued by USPS 5/31/2015

USPS Certified Mail rates increased to $3.45 per letter on May 31, 2015. Using the old-fashioned green cards with the traditional U. S. Postal Service Return Receipt service (PS Form 3811) will add $2.80 to your mailing cost.

On Sunday, January 17, 2016, the U.S. Postal Service® will implement new pricing for all shipping mail classes. The new rates take effect at 12:01 a.m. on January 17.  Key changes include:
•Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Box and Priority Mail Regional Rate C Box will be discontinued for both domestic and international services.

Save money by using Certified Mail Labels Electronic Delivery Confirmation Report.  Get proof of mailing, in route letter tracking and final proof of delivery authored by the U.S. Postal Service.  This report provides evidence of mailing timely, in route letter tracking and the final USPS proof of delivery.  This report is used for compliance mailings in financial services, health care, property management, asset recovery, collection and other critical forms of notification.

New 2016 U.S. Postal Service Certified Mail Rates & Extra Service Costs

Certified Mail Fee increased to $3.45

Return Receipt green cards increased to $2.80

Return Receipt Electronic Signatures are now $1.40

First-Class 1 OZ rates are $0.49

Flats 1 OZ price increased to $0.99

Additional OZ of First-Class mail increased to $0.22.

On average, Certified Mail costs have increased by +4.8% in 2015. Return Receipt Signature services increased +3.8%.

USPS Certified Mail Return Receipt Requested service can only be purchased at the time of mailing. USPS has discontinued the Return Receipt After Mailing product. The old-fashioned green card Return Receipt Signature cost $2.80 and the Return Receipt Signature (Electronic) that shows who signed for the letter, the date and time of delivery and the addressee’s address cost $1.40.