New 2018 USPS Certified Mail® Rates

USPS Announces 2018 Certified Mail® Rates:

The U.S. Postal Service announced an increase in postal rates that were approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission. The new rates begin Sunday, January 21, 2018, at 12:01 AM.

The cost to send a 1-ounce USPS Certified Mail® letter with Return Receipt (Green Card) will be $6.70. If you use Electronic Delivery Confirmation, the cost can be reduced to $4.72. Additional options such as Return Receipt Electronic Signature in PDF format USPS will increase costs to $1.50.  The discounted metered price for 1 oz. of First Class postage will be $0.47.  If you purchase stamps from USPS, the price is slightly higher $0.50.

In summary, by using automation and replacing those old fashioned USPS Certified Mail green card forms and stickers can save you $1.98 per mailing.

How Much Does Certified Mail® Cost

USPS Postage & Special Services 2017 Rates                New 2018 Rates
Certified Mail Fee $3.35 $3.45
Electronic Delivery Confirmation Receipt $0.80 $0.80
Return Receipt Green Card (Old Fashioned Green Card) $2.75 $2.75
Return Receipt Electronic Signature (PDF) (replaces Green Card) $1.45 $1.50
First Class Postage (1 OZ) (Metered Rate) $0.46 $0.47
Additional OZ First Class Postage $0.21 $0.21
Flats 1 OZ rate (9″ X 12″) $0.98 $0.99
Restricted Delivery Service $4.95 $5.10
Signature After Mailing Discontinued Discontinued

On Sunday, January 21, 2018, the U. S. Postal Service will implement a rate increase for shipping and mail classes. The new rates take effect at 12:01 a.m. on January 22, 2017.

Most Popular - Certified Mail Return Receipt Services

•  Certified Mail with Electronic Delivery Confirmation will cost $4.72  (Electronic Delivery Confirmation Report Example)
A USPS Special Service that provides the sender with a mailing receipt and, upon request, electronic verification that an article was delivered or that a delivery attempt was made. 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.

• Certified Mail with Return Receipt Requested (Signature) $6.22  (Return Receipt Electronic Signature + Electronic Delivery Confirmation Report ) The Certified Mail Special Service described above plus additional evidence of the letters delivery.  This includes the recipient’s signature, name, and delivery address. 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.

• Certified Mail with Return Receipt Signature RESTRICTED DELIVERY $11.16 (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 3% to cost $3.45 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 remain at the same price of $2.75 per mailing. The cost of using the Return Receipt Signature Electronic will increase 3% to $1.50 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. The old-fashioned green card Return Receipt Signature cost $2.75 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 $1.50.

 

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