Cost of sending USPS Certified Mail

How much does it cost to send a Certified Mail letter?

$6.48 is the current USPS Certified Mail rate to send a 1-ounce  Certified Mail letter with Return Receipt Requested service (old fashioned green card).  New 2014 postal rates increased the costs of the Certified Mail fee, First Class postage and the old fashioned green card.  Follow this link to learn more about the USPS Certified Mail rates.

2014 Postal Rates Certified Mail savings

The US Postal Board of Governors approves all USPS Postal Rates for sending USPS Certified Mail.  The cost to send a 1-ounce USPS Certified Mail letter with Return Receipt (green card) is $6.48.  The new Certified Mail rate became effective Sunday January 26, 2014.  Fees for First Class and Certified Mail rates and service fees were also increased.

2014 Certified Mail Costs

USPS Service2014 Cost
Certified Mail Fee$3.30
Return Receipt Green Card$2.70
Return Receipt Electronic - (this replaces the Green Card)$1.35
First Class Postage (1 OZ)$0.48
Additional OZ First Class Postage$0.21
Flats 1 OZ rate (9" X 12") $0.94
Restricted Delivery Service$5.05

In summary, Certified Mail rates increased to $3.30 per letter.  If you use the old fashioned green cards the Return Receipt will cost an additional $2.70. To reduce costs, consider using Electronic Return Receipt that costs $1.35 per mailing. This eliminates the old fashioned green card and will save you $1.97 per mailing. First Class rates nudge up two cents to $0.48, and each additional OZ will cost $0.21.  If you are still using the old fashioned green cards and stickers from the Post Office your cost will increase to $6.48.


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