December 11, 2018

How Much Will It Cost to Send Certified Mail®?

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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January 24, 2019 at 10:25 am
Sandy Benz
Will I need to do the generic call too. Our model number is IN-600 series.
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January 24, 2019 at 1:21 pm
Hi Sandy, Yes you will have to do a generic call. You can find the step-by-step instruction here:
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January 17, 2019 at 10:18 am
Linda Ford
I have received the new updated pricing chart from USPS. It lists no increase for the Certificate of Mailing Fee (Special Services) $1.40 per piece and over 3 pieces at $.40, yet I find it on other sites listing that it is going up to $1.45. Can you verify this rate increase?
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January 17, 2019 at 10:28 am
Hi Linda, The Certificate of Mailing Fee (which is different than Certified Mail) is going to be $1.45 per piece. You can find the listing here under "Extra Services and Fees" : 2019 - Notice123.pdf
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January 17, 2019 at 11:01 am
Linda Ford
I did find the chart for domestic pricing also. I will review with our post office. Thank you.
January 17, 2019 at 10:57 am
Linda Ford
I checked with our local post office and they say $1.40 if under 3 and 40 over 3 pieces. I do see your chart for International-Extra Services listing $1.45 for under 3 and .50 over 3.
January 15, 2019 at 4:45 pm
We have the Neopost IN-700 Series, will this machine automatically update itself or will I have to manually update it?
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January 17, 2019 at 10:32 am
Hi Michelle, you need to place a "Generic Call" from your postage meter to download the new rates from your machine. You can find the instructions on how to do that here:
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January 11, 2019 at 9:21 am
Thank you Happy New Year.
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