How to Mail a Package COD


The U.S. Postal Service offers its customers a number of services other than swift mail delivery. One such service: Collect on Delivery (COD), which lets recipients pay for items and postage at the time of receipt (COD may be an option a business offers purchasers of its goods).

  • Accurately address your mail. Place the shipping and return addresses on the same side of the letter or card. Type or print clearly so that the address is legible.

  • Select an option for shipping or mailing your package, letter or document. Express Mail, Priority Mail and First-Class Mail are a few options.

  • Calculate the cost of postage. Add insurance or use additional services to protect and confirm delivery of your mail.

  • Complete Form 3816 and attach it above the delivery address and to the right of the return address; on parcels, attach it to the left of the delivery address. The recipient must pay with cash or a personal check when the item is delivered. Use Collect on Delivery with Express Mail, First-Class Mail and package services. Pay the COD fee, in addition to postage and other fees, at the time of mailing.

Tips & Warnings

  • Postal insurance can provide coverage up to $5,000 for lost or damaged items.
  • The maximum collectible amount for Collect on Delivery payments is $1,000.

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