The majority of domestic mail is sent first class. Mail Services can provide users with all delivery services offered by the U.S. Postal Service. Click here for a list of rates for the most popular services.
The Postal Service expects First Class mail to be delivered to its destination within three days. Any first class mail which is not letter size should be marked "1st class" or placed in a green diamond-bordered envelope to identify it as first class.
Priority Mail is available for packages weighing up to 70 pounds. Priority Mail has an expected delivery time of 2-3 days. Mail Services has envelopes and stickers available to identify mail as a Priority piece. No special address labels are needed for Priority Mail. Material sent in a flat-rate Priority Mail envelope is charged the one pound rate, regardless of the actual weight.
Express Mail is the fastest service and guarantees daily delivery, weekends and holidays included. The item will be delivered by either noon or 3:00 PM the next day, depending on the destination. The Postal Service offers a refund of shipping charges if the item is not delivered on time. Express Mail envelopes, boxes, and mailing labels are available from Mail Services.
When a Saturday express delivery is needed, USPS Express Mail is the most economical option. No extra fee is charged for Saturday delivery, as with other carriers.
Specialized Mailing Options:
Certified Mail is available only for First Class and Priority Mail. It gives the sender a receipt for mailing the item. A record of delivery is kept by the Post Office. A return receipt can also be purchased to provide the sender proof of delivery. International mail cannot be certified, but can be sent as Registered Mail. No insurance is provided.
Registered Mail is available for First Class and Priority Mail. Registered Mail is placed under tight security from mailing to delivery. Return receipt, restricted delivery and insurance can be purchased on the item. The indemnity level for international Registered Mail is very limited.
Return Receipts can be purchased for Express Mail, Certified, Registered, or insured mail. It shows who signed for the item and when, and the delivery address, if the original address was incorrect.
Restricted Delivery is available for Certified, Registered, and mail insured for more than $50. The mail piece will be delivered only to the addressee or his agent.
Insurance is available for Standard Mail or Standard Mail sent at First Class or Priority status. Maximum coverage is $5,000. On items insured for more than $50, the recipient signs a receipt of delivery, which is kept by the Post Office.
A listing of the above specialized mailing options as well as additional ones can be found by clicking here.
For more information on U.S.P.S. services, contact them at 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) or visit their web site at www.usps.com.