How Much Will It Cost to Send Certified Mail®?

October 29, 2020
Author: Caroline McManus
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This year the USPS announced the new Certified Mail rates for 2020. The rates increased but there are best practices and even tech that can help offset these costs—and the onerous process. 

As of January 26, 2020, it costs $6.95 to send a First-Class letter as Certified Mail with a hardcopy Return Receipt. This breaks down to $0.55 for the stamp, $3.55 for Certified Mail and $2.85 for hard copy Return Receipt. Phew! This may seem like a lot, however, there are a couple of ways you can reduce the costs.

Under the new 2020 USPS rates, it will cost $.55 cents to send a First-Class letter. However, you can save 9% by using a postage meter which costs only $.50 to mail a First-Class letter! The cost of Certified Mail is also going up to $3.55 and a Return Receipt will be $2.85, the easiest way to cut into this costs is by using electronic Return Receipt for only $1.70. This saves you $1.15 on every Return Receipt, which adds up.

Certified Mail and Return Receipt Rates

Effective January 26, 2020

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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October 31, 2019 at 9:57 am
Diana Gibbons
When are these rates going in effect? In the paragraph above it has January 6, 2020. Under "Certified Mail and Return Receipt Rates" it shows "Effective January 26, 2022".
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October 31, 2019 at 10:13 am
Hi Diana, Apologies for the confusion, the 2020 rates go into effect January 26, 2020. Thank you,
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October 31, 2019 at 8:37 am
What will restricted delivery cost?
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October 31, 2019 at 9:00 am
Hi Beth, Certified Mail Restricted Delivery is going up from $8.80 to $9.00. Thank you
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October 31, 2019 at 7:57 am
How much is a Certified Mail Restricted Delivery that was $8.80 going to be?
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October 31, 2019 at 8:58 am
Hi Kay, Certified Mail Restricted Delivery is going up from $8.80 to $9.00. Thank you
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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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