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2023 USPS Certified Mail® Rates

...and how saves you money and time throughout the process.

2023 Certified Mail Rates (Effective July 9, 2023)
2023 Rates
Certified Mail® Fee$4.35
Return Receipt – PS3811 Green Card$3.55
Return Receipt Electronic (PDF File Replaces the Green Card)$2.20
Restricted Delivery Fee$6.90
First Class Postage (1 Ounce) – Meter and Rate$0.63
First Class Postage (Additional Ounces)$0.24
Flats (1 Ounce) Meter and Rate$1.35
Flats (Additional Ounces up to 13 total)$0.24
Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope (Commercial Rate)$8.05
Priority Mail Legal Flat Rate Envelope (Commercial Rate)$8.35
Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope (Commercial Rate)$8.80
Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box (Commercial Rate)$8.55

How to Save Money on Certified Mail®

The postage meter rate to send a one-ounce Certified Mail letter with Green Card is $8.53. In contrast, with the cost is $8.18, and you receive the USPS Return Receipt (Electronic) within 24 hours rather than waiting days for signed Green Cards to return, which is stored in your account for 10 years.  If you don’t need a signature, the cost is $5.98 (a 26% savings), and you receive a Proof of Acceptance (Electronic) within an hour of handing your Certified letters to the Mail Carrier to drop them in a USPS Mailbox. The Proof of Acceptance (Electronic) replaces the USPS PS-3800.

How to Save Time on Certified Mail® eliminates all the USPS® forms and trips to the Post Office. You simply print Certified Mail® cover sheets from your home or office printer, complete with electronic postage. Tuck the cover sheets and your letter into the window envelope we provide, drop them in any mailbox or leave them for your Mail Carrier to pick up. Clients report saving 80% and more on labor which can easily be $6 to $7 per piece of Certified Mail.

Simple Certified Mail

The Proof of Acceptance (Electronic) PDF is posted to your account within hours of mailing, soon after the letter receives its first scan at a USPS facility. The Proof of Acceptance (Electronic) is accepted by the IRS, state and federal courts as prima facia evidence that the Post Office took possession of the Certified letter at a specific date and time. No more Scan Forms, Manifests and Firm Books.

Certified Mail Proof of Acceptance

Once your mail piece is delivered, the Proof of Delivery (Electronic) or Return Receipt (Electronic) are posted to your account within hours. No more waiting days for Green Cards to be returned and having to file them in cabinets and closets. The USPS Return Receipt Electronic® has the same legal status as the PS-3811 Green Card.


Key Benefits of the SimpleCertifiedTM platform:

  • Eliminates USPS forms and postage meters.
  • Prepares Certified Mail at least 5x faster.
  • Batch processing features make it easy to prepare hundreds and thousands of Certified Mail letters.
  • REST APIs enable integration with other enterprise software.
  • Automatic refunds for Certified Mail that is prepared but not mailed.
  • Proof of Acceptance (Electronic) posted to your account without visiting the Post Office.
  • Return Receipt (Electronic) posted to your account within hours of delivery.
  • 10 year archive of tracking and expense data.
  • Administrative features make it easy to manage users and spending across many locations.
  • Enables local preparation of Certified Mail, plus outsourcing via Mail Service Providers.

Are You a High-Volume Mailer?

Learn how our Batch Processing feature and APIs can save you more than 80% on the labor it takes to prepare Certified Mail. Not to mention the countless hours you spend managing the Proof of Mailing, Proof of Delivery, and signed Return Receipts.

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Get started quickly!

Getting started is simple. There’s no software to install. No fixed monthly fees. Just a small transaction fee per piece, and we supply the Certified Mail window envelopes at no extra charge. Just tell us how many you need to get started and prefund your account (minimum level of $60). You’ll receive the envelopes in 3-5 days and unused funds are refundable. To sign up, click below. If you have questions, call 888-462-1750. 8am–5pm ET.

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