June 10, 2023

2015 USPS Certified Mail Rates

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has approved new 2015 postal rates that begin Sunday, May 31, 2015.

The 2015 cost of sending a 1-ounce USPS Certified Mail letter with Return Receipt (old fashioned green card) will cost $6.74.  If you send Certified Mail using Electronic Delivery Confirmation the cost is $4.69.

USPS Mail Service:   2014 Rate  VS:  2015 Rates:

Certified Mail Fee                     $3.30               $3.45
Return Receipt Green Card  $2.70               $2.80
Return Receipt Electronic    $1.35                $1.40
First Class Postage (1 OZ)      $0.48               $0.49*  (if using meter or PC Postage online)
Flats (1 Oz)                                   $0.98               $0.99

Each additional OZ of First Class mail will cost $0.22 per OZ.

In summary, USPS Certified Mail postal rates increase +6.5.%,  Return Receipt costs increase +7.5% and First Class postage will increase two cents or +4%.

Three costs make up the total price of sending USPS Certified Mail:

1.   First-Class Postage $0.49  (this is the 1 oZ. rate for PC Postage and meter rates)
2.  Certified Mail service $3.45
3.  Return Receipt (old fashioned green cards)  $2.80 VS: the Return Receipt Electronic price of $1.40

Total cost per letter if mailing old fashioned Certified Mail Green Card and forms $6.74

OR  if you use Electronic Delivery Confirmation you can reduce your cost to $4.69

2014 Certified Mail Postal Rates



How to Reduce USPS Certified Mail Costs?

You can reduce Certified Mail rates by using web sites like Certified Mail Labels that dispense USPS PC Postage Online with Electronic Delivery Confirmation and Return Receipt Signatures.  Many mailers replace old fashioned green cards with the improved electronic proof of delivery receipts.  The electronic receipts can be shared by email or downloaded by FTP as PDF files to provide proof of mailing.  Each report displays the postmark, who the letter was addressed to, USPS in-route letter tracking and the final proof of delivery.  The web site even allows you to upload a letter in as an electronic PDF file and they print it and mail it the same business day.

Skip the trip to the Post Office and save time and money. Online services reduce costs. eliminate forms, labels, and monthly service fees.

Skip the trip to the Post Office!  Saves time and money.

You can sign-up for a free account at Certified Mail Labels.  No monthly fees or contracts.  Just pay when you mail. See how fast and easy it can be to address and send USPS Certified Mail.  Certified Mail Envelopes provides the USPS approved Envelopes with free online web access to address, track and print your mailings.  You can log in to the web site to print USPS delivery reports and can access your account 24/7.  Your online web account stores all your Electronic Return Receipts safely for 10 years. USPS has pre-approved Certified Mail Envelopes so the process is fast and easy to use.  No monthly fees or hidden costs.  Just pay as you mail!

Use the Free Account Sign-Up now to get started.  We will send you a start-up kit including 2 free envelopes.

Follow this link: http://www.certified-mail-envelopes.com/free-trial/

To see the Electronic Return Receipt – ERR. http://www.certified-mail-envelopes.com/electronic-return-receipt-for-usps-certified-mail/

The service includes the USPS SCAN Form 5630 or mail manifest form USPS PS-3800 to provide legal proof of acceptance into the United States Postal Service letter stream.  You also get in-route letter and delivery tracking plus the final USPS delivery confirmation by email.  The Return Receipt Electronic is provided as a PDF file for each letter you mail.  Today many mailers use the electronic return receipt to replace the old-fashioned green cards return receipts.

You get proof with Certified Mail Envelopes. Proof of Mailing and Proof of Delivery from the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our Certified Mail Envelopes are available in three sizes, #10 business envelope, 6 X 9″ Booklet and a large 9 X 12″ Flat sized envelope all approved by USPS.  We provide online web access to address and print Intelligent Mail Barcode (IMB) and the Certified Mail bar codes with tracking information.  Electronic Return Receipt to show proof of delivery are included with each mailing,  plus ‘in-route’ letter tracking and the final delivery confirmation for each letter. You can even download a PDF of the Return Receipt Signature if needed.  You may track each letter ‘in-route’ to insure delivery. No labels or stickers are used in this automation process. Just log in to the website to address then print an address sheet with tracking bar codes.  Slide the address sheet into the window envelope that has been USPS approved for  Certified Mail Envelope with your letters, apply USPS postage and drop the envelope into the USPS mail stream.  It’s that fast and easy.

Mailers may use Forever Stamps to help ease the transition during price changes. Forever Stamps do not have a denomination and will be honored for First Class Mail whenever they are used for a one-ounce letter mailing.

USPS Certified Mail Return Receipt Requested service can be purchased before or after your mailing.  The old-fashioned green card Return Receipt now cost $2.80.

This displays whom signed or accepted the letter, the date of letter delivery, and addressee’s address.  Return Receipt Signature service costs $1.40 purchased at the time of mailing. This information displays whom signed or accepted the letter, the date of letter delivery and addressee’s address

For additional information call Certified Mail Envelopes 800-406-1792.

Related USPS Certified Mail Rate News
•  2014 Certified Rates – Now in Effect
•  2011 USPS Certified Mail Postal Rates

The Department of Children and Families DCFS and Certified Mail Envelopes Automation

The Department of Children and Families (DCFS) in many states use Certified Mail Envelopes to automate mailing large batches of USPS Certified Mail letters with Electronic Return Receipt.  This provides DCFS a cost efficient way to serve letter notifications and obtain proof of mailing, proof of letter delivery by the United States Postal Service and develop a record storage archive for 7 years.

Primarily DCFS Certified Mail letters are used for compliance letter mailings or important demand notifications.  In many states an Office of Family Safety may be responsible for child protection and child welfare. This office is responsible for various programs and policy changes, developments, implementation and oversight.  

The Department of Children and Families may also send letters that manage child safety, permanency, well being, planning development, training and program oversight. In many States the Department oversees expenditures of federal and state funds that support prevention, investigations, protective services, foster care, long-term permanency planning, independent living, foster care, and adoptions.

Many State offices are also responsible for implementation and achievement of Child and Family services quality improvement plans to insure a system of care model is in place across each state. Community based care lead agencies comply with practice and systemic improvements outlined in the plan. Many offices serve as the primary entity responsible for child protection, policy and practice, maintains a strong commitment to child safety through strengths-based, family centered practice that is best delivered through local systems of care. These program offices are also committed to building and maintaining a front line workforce of caseworkers and supervisors who clearly demonstrate solid clinical, critical decision making that is grounded in comprehensive training. The future goals, objectives and strategies for child protection and welfare system over the next five years will be derived by bringing together multiple agencies.