United States Postal Service Special Services
Note: Be sure to complete and attach all applicable forms.
CERTIFIED MAIL - Certified mail provides a mailing
receipt, and a record of delivery is kept at the recipient's post
office. A return receipt to provide the sender with proof of delivery
can also be purchased for an additional fee. Certified mail service is
available only for First-Class Mail or Priority Mail. Certified mail is
not available for international mail. For valuables and irreplaceable
items use insured or registered mail.
INSURED MAIL - You can purchase insurance coverage
up to $5,000 for Standard mail, as well as Standard mail matter mailed
at the Priority Mail or First-Class Mail rate. For articles insured for
more than $50, a receipt of delivery is signed by the recipient and
filed at the delivery post office. Do not insure your packages for more
than their value. The amount of insurance coverage for loss will be the
actual value, less depreciation. Claims are settled from the receipt of
purchase. Cost varies according to the value of the item.
RETURN RECEIPT - This is the sender's proof of
delivery. A return receipt can be purchased for mail sent COD, Express
mail, Insured for more than $50, or Registered or Certified. The return
receipt shows who signed for the item, the date it was delivered.
(Unless Prohibited by Law).
REGISTERED MAIL - Registered mail is the most secure
option offered by the US Postal Service. It provides added protection
for valuable and important mail. Registered articles are placed under
tight security from the point of mailing to the delivery office.
Insurance can be purchased on domestic registered mail up to $25,000 at
the option of the mailer. Return receipt and restricted delivery
services are available for additional fees. Registered mail to Canada is
subject to a $1,000 indemnity limit. For all other foreign countries,
the indemnity limit is currently $42.30. First Class or Priority mail
postage is required on domestic Registered mail.