How does Electronic Return Receipt for USPS Certified Mail work?

The process of delivering a USPS Certified Mail using Electronic Return Receipt letter remains the same from the post office and letter carrier.  For each Certified Mail letter someone at the delivery address must sign a receipt when the letter is delivered.  

Now, lets look at how this works. Instead of signing the green card return receipt, the person receiving the Certified Mail letter signs a receipt from USPS with the date, time, signature, and must spell out their name. Each record is collected by USPS and electronically stored with other proof of delivery confirmations like the ones used for USPS Express and Priority Mail.  Each delivery confirmation including the signature is then made into a sharable 'PDF' document that can be stored on a computer, downloaded or even emailed for long term storage.  

Customers like the Return Receipt Electronic PDF service better than the 'old fashioned green cards' because it's 'green' saves paper, time and money. USPS charges $2.20 for the PDF electronic signature file vs $3.55 for the old fashioned green card. 

Return Receipt Electronic service is available from USPS for Certified Mail, Certified Mail with Restricted Delivery Service and Priority Certified Mail.  

You can begin using Return Receipt Electronic on Certified Mail online at