2016 USPS Certified Mail® Rates


2016 Certified Mail® Rate Update:

The U.S. Postal Service announced a decrease in postal rates that were approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission. The new rates began Sunday, April 10, 2016, at 12:01 AM.

The cost to send a 1-ounce USPS Certified Mail® letter with Return Receipt (Green Card) will be $6.47. If you use Electronic Delivery Confirmation, the cost can be reduced to $4.52. Additional options such as Return Receipt Signature Electronic in PDF format cost $1.35. The First Class 1 oz. PC postage will decrease to $0.47.

In summary, eliminating the use of the old fashioned green card forms and stamps can save you $1.95 per mailing.

2016 Certified Mail® Costs

2016 USPS Postage Rates 2016 Rates Decrease (Cash Prices)
Certified Mail Fee $3.30
Electronic Delivery Confirmation Receipt $0.75
Return Receipt Green Card (Old Fashioned Green Card) $2.70
Return Receipt Electronic Signature (PDF) (replaces Green Card) $1.35
First Class Postage (1 OZ) $0.47
Additional OZ First Class Postage $0.21
Flats 1 OZ rate (9″ X 12″) $0.94
Restricted Delivery Service $4.95
Signature After Mailing (PS Form 3811-A) Discontinued

On Sunday, April 10, 2016, the U. S. Postal Service will implement a decrease in pricing for all shipping mail classes. The new rates take effect at 12:01 a.m. on April 10, 2016.

USPS Certified Mail rates will decrease to $3.30 per letter. Using the old fashioned green cards with the traditional U.S. Postal Service Return Receipt service (PS Form 3811) now adds $2.70 to your mailing cost.

Significant changes include:

Express Mail Flat Rate Box discontinued.

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

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

Certified Mail® Fee decreased to $3.30

Return Receipt Green Cards dropped to $2.70

Return Receipt Electronic Signatures price fell to $1.35

First-Class 1 OZ rates were reduced to $0.47

Flats 1 OZ price decreased to $0.94

Additional OZ of First-Class Mail decreased to $0.21

Restricted Delivery Signature Service decreased to $4.95

On average, Certified Mail® costs have dropped by 4.4% in 2016. Return Receipt Signature services decreased 3.6%.

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 $2.70 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 $1.35.