Cost of sending USPS Certified Mail

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

$6.47 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 2016 postal rates decreased 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.

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 $6.47.  The new Certified Mail rate became effective Sunday April 10, 2016.  Fees for First Class and Certified Mail rates and service fees were also decreased.

2015 Certified Mail Costs

USPS Service2016 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)$0.47
Additional OZ First Class Postage$0.21
Flats 1 OZ rate (9" X 12") $0.94

In summary, Certified Mail rates decreased 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. First Class rates nudge down to $0.47, 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 be  $6.47.


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