Certified Mail® plays an important role in business and legal affairs when the mailer needs official USPS verification that their mail was mailed and/or delivered. In fact, approximately 190 million pieces of Certified Mail are sent each year in the United States.
For many users, however, the process of preparing Certified Mail, tracking its progress and storing the USPS receipts and delivery confirmations is tedious, time consuming and out of synch with modern business practices the digitization of important files and the trend of working from home.
Fortunately, online Certified Mail® software from SimpleCertifiedMail.com employs web services and electronic postage to make Certified Mail® much simpler, faster and more efficient. Here are 5 ways:
1. Saves time by eliminating the old-fashioned Post Office forms and postage meters from the process.
Just login to your account from any PC or Mac and enter the recipient address in the online form. Or import lists of address from Microsoft Excel files. Select the type of Certified Mail you are sending. Enter the number of pages or weight of the mail piece. Then print Certified Mail® cover sheets or labels, including electronic postage, right from your office printer. No more PS3800 or PS3811 forms to fill in by hand. No need to use postage meters.
2. Saves time by eliminating trips to the Post Office to get receipts proving USPS acceptance of your Certified Mail®.
A Proof of Acceptance (Electronic) PDF file is automatically posted to your account for each mail piece sent, soon after the letters receive their first outbound scan at a USPS facility. The Proof of Acceptance (Electronic) has been deemed by the IRS to satisfy their requirement for “timely mailing treated as timely filing and paying.”
3. Eliminates waiting for Green Cards to be returned and filing them for years.
The Return Receipt Electronic (“RRE”) is posted to your account within 24 hours of the mail carrier delivering your Certified Mail and receiving a signature. The RRE is the Postal Service’s digital alternative to the original Green Card. It carries the same legal status, is stored in your account for 10 years, and can be downloaded and printed at any time. No more waiting for Green Cards to return via the mail. No more risk of some Green Cards not coming back. And no more storing Green Cards in file cabinets, and often struggling to find specific Green Cards later.
4. Makes it easy to track what your business spends on Certified Mail® and seek reimbursement from clients when appropriate.
SimpleCertifiedMail.com keeps a record of what you are spending on Certified Mail, downloadable in Microsoft® Excel format. This makes it easy to allocate these costs to the right department, legal matter, and so forth. And it makes it easier to seek reimbursement from clients since you can provide them with a worksheet showing the Certified Mail spending you incurred on their behalf.
5. Enables enterprise clients to set a standard process for preparing and managing Certified Mail® that is shared across all their offices.
SimpleCertifiedMail.com was designed to work across an enterprise with dozens or hundreds of offices.
6. Makes it easy to prepare and send high volumes of Certified Mail.
SimpleCertifiedMail.com’s Batch Process imports addresses from Microsoft® Excel files and prints Certified Mail cover sheets on standard 8.5” x 11” paper that can be automatically finished in window envelopes using folders and inserters. As one of our clients explained: “The benefits were immediate. We reduced the labor required to prepare 500 Certified Mail letters from six hours to less than one. It’s been a win-win.”