Reasons to Send Certified Mail


Certified mail is a service offered by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) that allows you to verify a letter or package you sent has been delivered and received. Certified mail can only be sent to locations in the United States and its territories, and to APO/FPO addresses. As of 2009, certified mail service costs $2.80.

Delivery Tracking

  • When you purchase certified mail service, you receive a date-stamped receipt, along with a tracking number you can use to verify delivery.

Confirmation of Receipt

  • Unlike delivery confirmation, certified mail verifies the package was received. The postal carrier obtains a signature from someone at the specified address at the time of delivery.

Timing Importance

  • People often choose certified mail when sending legal documents or items for which the date of arrival is essential.

Restricted Delivery Option

  • Certified mail can include restricted delivery service if you want to confirm a specific person receives the package and signs for it.

Return Receipt Option

  • Another special service available is return receipt, which provides a return postcard with the recipient's signature or an e-mail attachment with an image of the signature.


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