New 2019 USPS Certified Mail Costs2018 Certified Mail Rates

The New 2019 USPS Certified Mail® Proposed Rates:

New U.S. Postal Service rates were recently approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission and will go into effect on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at 12:01 AM.

The cost to send a 1-ounce USPS Certified Mail® letter with Return Receipt (Green Card) is now $6.70. The new 2019 rates will increase the price to $6.80.  If you use Certified Mail Labels Electronic Delivery Confirmation, the cost can be reduced to $4.80. Additional options such as Return Receipt Electronic Signatures will cost $1.60. First Class postage will cost $0.50 for the first oz if you purchase First Class postage stamps at the Post Office the price will be $0.55 for the stamp.

In summary, by purchasing online and using automation to replace those old old-fashioned Certified Mail green card forms and stickers can save you $1.98 per mailing.

How Much Does Certified Mail® Service Cost

USPS Postage & Special Services 2018 Rates                New 2019 Rates
Certified Mail Fee $3.45 $3.50
Electronic Delivery Confirmation Receipt $0.80 $0.80
Return Receipt Green Card (Old Fashioned Green Card) $2.75 $2.80
Return Receipt Electronic Signature (PDF) (replaces Green Card) $1.50 $1.60
First Class Postage (1 OZ) (Metered Rate) $0.47 $0.50
Additional OZ First Class Postage (*Under 3.5 OZ) $0.21 $0.15*
Flats 1 OZ rate (9″ X 12″ or 10' X 13') $1.00 $1.00
Flats rate over 1 OZ. and Letter Rates over 3.5 OZ. $0.21 2 oz.  $1.15
3 oz.    1.30
4  oz.   1.45
5  oz.   1.60
6  oz.   1.75
7  oz.   1.90
8  oz.   2.05
9  oz.   2.20
10 oz.  2.35
11  oz. 2.50
12  oz. 2.65
13 oz.  2.80
Restricted Delivery Service $5.10 $8.80

The new postal rates are effective Sunday, January 27, 2019. 

New USPS Certified Mail Postal Rate Summary: 

•  Certified Mail with Electronic Delivery Confirmation will cost $4.80  (Electronic Delivery Confirmation Report Example)
A USPS Special Service that provides the sender with a mailing receipt or proof of mailing and an electronic verification the article was delivered or that a delivery attempt was made. Customers receive 'Electronic Delivery Confirmation' that is a printed report that displays the postage transaction, date of mailing, Certified Mail receipt, USPS mail piece acceptance, in-route tracking and the final delivery date and time or delivery attempts.  This report is available by email for each mailing, plus a copy for compliance reporting is kept inside your account for 10 years.

Certified Mail with Return Receipt Requested (Signature) $6.40 (Return Receipt Electronic Signature + Electronic Delivery Confirmation Report ) The Certified Mail service includes what is described above plus the Return Receipt from USPS displaying who signed for the delivery at the delivery address. Customers receive both Electronic Delivery Confirmation and the Return Receipt Signature by email. A record of the transaction including USPS postage, Special Service, mail piece acceptance, tracking and the delivery or the delivery attempt is also kept in your account for 10 years.

Certified Mail with Return Receipt Signature with RESTRICTED DELIVERY $9.30 (RRE-Signature Signed by addressee or authorized agent  +  Electronic Delivery Confirmation Report. The Certified Mail Special Service described above plus additional evidence of the letters delivery. USPS enables delivery of the item only to the addressee or addressee’s authorized agent. The addressee must be an individual (or natural person) specified by name. Restricted delivery may be used only when combined with Certified Mail, Insured Mail over $200, and Registered Mail. Customers receive Electronic Delivery Confirmation by email (see the attached report). A record of the transaction including USPS postage, Special Service, mail piece acceptance, tracking and the delivery or the delivery attempt is kept in your account for 10 years.

USPS Certified Mail rates will increase to $3.50 per mailing.  The cost of using the old fashioned green cards with the traditional U.S. Postal Service Return Receipt service (PS Form 3811) will increase to $2.80 per mailing. The cost of using the Return Receipt Signature Electronic will increase to $1.60 per mailing.

You can save money by using Certified Mail® Labels with Electronic Delivery Confirmation.  This provides proof of mailing, in route letter tracking and final evidence of USPS delivery information authored by the U.S. Postal Service.  This report also works for compliance reporting.  It provides evidence of mailing timely, proof that postage and fees were properly paid, in-route letter tracking and the final USPS proof of delivery.  This report is used for compliance mailings to IRS Certified Mail, financial services, healthcare, property management, asset recovery, collection and other critical forms of notification.

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.