The United States Postal Service (USPS) has submitted new 2014 postal rates to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) appointed by President Obama. If approved, the new 2014 USPS postage rates will begin Sunday, January 26, 2014.
In summary, the new cost to send a 1-ounce USPS Certified Mail letter with Return Receipt (Green Card) will be $6.48. If you use Electronic Delivery Confirmation the cost can be reduced to $4.51. Return Receipt Electronic (PDF Signatures) will increase $0.10 per mailing to $1.35. By using online Postage and eliminating use of the old fashioned green cards and forms you can save 1.97 per mailing.
2014 Certified Mail Costs
|USPS Postage Rates||2013 Cost||2014 Cost||$ 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||$0.94||$0.04|
|Signature After Mailing||$4.95||$5.25||$0.30|
|Restricted Delivery Service||$4.75||$5.05||$0.30|
|Business Letter 1 Oz. Certified Mail with Electronic Delivery Confirmation||$4.26||$4.51||$0.25|
|Business Letter 1 Oz. Certified Mail with Return Receipt Electronic (Signature)||$5.51||$5.86||$0.35|
|Business Letter 1 Oz. Certified Mail with Return Receipt Green Card (old fashioned)||$6.11||$6.49||$0.38|
USPS Certified Mail rates are proposed to increase to $3.30 per letter with the January Postal Rate increase. If you use the old fashioned green cards the Return Receipt cost will increase to $2.70. Electronic Delivery Confirmation and Electronic Return Receipt use delivery confirmation collected and authored by the U.S. Postal Service to provide Proof of Delivery and evidence for compliance mailings.
First Class postage rates will increase two cents if your are using online postage to $0.48, or an extra $0.01 to $0.49 if you use stamps. 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 $0.94
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.