Can You Send Certified Mail Without a Return Receipt?

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The U.S. Postal Service offers mailers both certified mail and return receipt service. Although mailers commonly use these two services in tandem, it is acceptable to send certified mail without a return receipt. Understanding what each service provides will help you select the right product for your needs.

Certified Mail

  • Certified mail service provides the sender with a numbered receipt at the time of mailing. Every certified mail article has a unique number that serves as proof of mailing.

Return Receipt

  • Return receipt is an add-on service that goes with certified, registered, insured or express mail. This additional service provides the sender with the signature of the addressee and date of delivery.

Options

  • The U.S. Postal Service provides mailers with a choice of return receipt by mail or by email.

Cost

  • As of January 2010, certified mail is available for $2.80. Electronic return receipt service can be added for an additional $1.10, while a traditional return receipt is available by mail for $2.30.

Purchase

  • If you send your certified mail without return receipt and then change your mind, you can still apply for return receipt service after mailing for an additional fee.

References

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