How Much Will It Cost to Send Certified Mail®?

December 11, 2018

Currently, it costs $6.70 to send a First-Class letter as Certified Mail® with a hardcopy Return Receipt. This breaks down to $0.50 for the stamp, $3.45 for Certified Mail and $2.75 for hardcopy Return Receipt. Phew! This may seem like a lot, especially since the Postal Rate Commission (PRC) recently approved increases to these rates in 2019 (see postal rate chart below). However there are a couple ways you can beat the rate increase.

Starting at the end of January it will cost $.55 cents to send a First-Class letter, however you can cut this down by using a meter for $.50 a First-Class letter, saving 9 percent! The cost of Certified Mail® is also going up to $3.50 and a Return Receipt will be $2.80, the easiest way to cut into this costs is by using electronic Return Receipt for only $1.60. This saves you $1.20 on every Return Receipt, which adds up.

Certified Mail and Return Receipt Rates

Effective January 27, 2019

By sending electronic Return Receipt with Connectsuite eCertify you not only save on each return receipt, but you also get centralized tracking of your mail pieces, electronic records of the signatures, and no more filling out green cards!

Learn more about Connectsuite eCertify and start preparing Certified Mail electronically.  

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July 8, 2019 at 12:54 pm
Dionne Johnson
How so I apply postage to a certified letter? My model is a IS 280.
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July 24, 2019 at 4:29 pm
Hi Dionne, This is a question we get a lot! You just add the postage as you normally would, there is no difference for Certified Mail. The cost of Certified Mail is added on top of the cost you already pay for postage. Thank you, Caroline
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