September 24, 2014

2014 USPS Certified Mail Rates


The new United States Postal Service (USPS) 2014 postal rates approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) that were appointed by President Obama begin Sunday, January 26, 2014.

The new cost  to send a 1-ounce USPS Certified Mail letter with Return Receipt (Green Card) will 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.

2014 Certified Mail Costs

USPS Postage Rates2013 Cost2014 Cost$ Increase
Certified Mail Fee$3.10$3.30$0.20
Return Receipt Green Card$2.55$2.70$0.15
Return Receipt Electronic - (replaces Green Card)$1.25$1.35$0.10
First Class Postage (1 OZ)$0.46$0.48$0.02
Additional OZ First Class Postage$0.20$0.21$0.01
Flats 1 OZ rate (9" X 12") $0.90$0.98$0.08
Signature After Mailing$4.95$5.25$0.30
Restricted Delivery Service$4.75$5.05$0.30

USPS Certified Mail rates will increase to $3.30 per letter with the 2014 USPS Postal Rate increase.  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 increases two cents to $0.48. Each additional OZ of postage will cost $0.21.  If you are still using the old fashioned green cards and stickers from the Post Office your cost will increase to $6.48.


2013 vs: New 2014 USPS Certified Mail Rates & Extra Service Costs

Certified Mail rates increase from $3.10 to $3.30
Return Receipt green cards costing $2.55 will increase to $2.70
Return Receipt Electronic signatures costing $1.25 increases to $1.35
First Class 1 OZ rates increase from $0.46 to $0.48
Flats one Oz price increases to $0.98
Additional OZ of First Class mail will increase to $0.21 per oZ.

The 2013 cost of mailing Certified Mail with Return Receipt Requested green card is $6.11
Certified Mail with Return Receipt Electronic costs $4.81
The current 1 oZ. First Class Certified Mail rate is $3.56

On average,  2014 Certified Mail costs will increase by +6.1%. Return Receipt Electronic services will increase +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 will cost $2.70.  This displays who signed for the letter, the date of deliver and the addressee’s address.  Return Receipt Electronic signatures will cost $1.35 if purchased at the time of mailing or $5.25 if purchased after the mailing and they may be purchased for up to two years.