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US Postal Service rates raised in May of 2009: How much does it cost to mail a letter, large envelope, or package in the United States?

Monday, June 1, 2009
U.S. Postal Service postage rates

NOTE: The price for a one ounce First-Class stamp increased from 42 cents to 44 cents on May 11, 2009.

U.S.P.S. rates for domestic mail
U.S. postage rates for Current
Standard First-Class Letter (1 ounce) * 44¢
Standard First-Class Letter (up to 2 ounces) * 61¢
Standard First-Class Letter (up to 3 ounces) * 78¢
Postcard 28¢

* Shape-based pricing
The shape-based classification system has brought significant and rather intricate changes to sending many First-Class mailings. Postage rates are now based not only on weight, but also on the shape of First-Class Mail and parcels. Mail that fails to meet any of the shape-based pricing minimum or maximum dimension classifications for standard mail are subject to additional surcharges.

NOTE: The cost to mail a standard post card or standard First-Class letter sent to or from Alaska or Hawaii is the same amount as those sent to any other U.S. state.

U.S.P.S. shape-based pricing (maximum dimensions)
Shaped-based category Maximum length Maximum height Maximum thickness Maximum weight
Postcards (postage is 28¢) 6″ 4 1/4″ 0.016″
Letters * (44¢ for 1st ounce) 11 1/2″ 6 1/8″ 1/4″ 3.5 ounces
Large envelopes (Manila, Tyvek� and similar large, flat envelopes)** 15″ 12″ 3/4″ 13 ounces

* If your letter exceeds any of the above letter dimensions it will be classified and priced as a large envelope (flat). All First-Class Mail nonmachinable letters are subject to a 20-cent nonmachinable surcharge.

** If your large envelope (Manila, Tyvek and other similar large, flat envelopes) exceeds any of the above large envelope dimensions it will be classified and priced as a package. Large envelopes must be flexible, rectangular and uniformly thick. A large envelope that exceeds 13 ounces is classified and priced as Priority Mail.

*** Postage for parcels is calculated at a rate of $1.22 for the first ounce and 17 cents for each additional ounce. Any package that exceeds 13 ounces is classified and priced as Priority Mail.

NOTE: Mail that has clasps, strings, buttons, or similar closure devices, or mail containing items such as pens, pencils, loose keys or coins that cause the thickness of the mailpiece to be uneven, may incur a nonmachinable surcharge. Items that are too rigid, too small, have excess corner radius, or irregular shapes, such as square envelopes, or tubes may also require additional postage.

U.S.P.S. shape-based pricing (minimum dimensions)
Shaped-based category Minimum length Minimum height Minimum thickness
Postcards (postage is 28¢) 5″ 3 1/2″ 0.007″
Letters (44¢ for 1st ounce) 5″ 3 1/2″ 0.007″
Large envelopes (Manila, Tyvek� and similar large, flat envelopes) 11 1/2″ 6 1/8″
First-Class retail flats (Manila envelopes)
Rates for Manila, Tyvek and similar large, flat envelopes Current
First-Class Mail retail flat (1 ounce) 88¢
First-Class Mail retail flat (up to 2 ounces) $1.05
First-Class Mail retail flat (up to 3 ounces) $1.22
First-Class Mail retail flat (up to 4 ounces) $1.39
First-Class Mail retail flat (up to 5 ounces) $1.56
First-Class Mail retail flat (up to 6 ounces) $1.73
First-Class Mail retail flat (up to 7 ounces) $1.90
First-Class Mail retail flat (up to 8 ounces) $2.07
First-Class Mail retail flat (up to 9 ounces) $2.24
First-Class Mail retail flat (up to 10 ounces) $2.41
First-Class Mail retail flat (up to 11 ounces) $2.58
First-Class Mail retail flat (up to 12 ounces) $2.75
First-Class Mail retail flat (up to 13 ounces) $2.92
First-Class retail parcels
Rates for boxes and similar parcels
(For keys and ID devices, add an additional 72¢)
Current
First-Class Mail retail parcels (1 ounce) $1.22
First-Class Mail retail parcels (up to 2 ounces) $1.39
First-Class Mail retail parcels (up to 3 ounces) $1.56
First-Class Mail retail parcels (up to 4 ounces) $1.73
First-Class Mail retail parcels (up to 5 ounces) $1.90
First-Class Mail retail parcels (up to 6 ounces) $2.07
First-Class Mail retail parcels (up to 7 ounces) $2.24
First-Class Mail retail parcels (up to 8 ounces) $2.41
First-Class Mail retail parcels (up to 9 ounces) $2.58
First-Class Mail retail parcels (up to 10 ounces) $2.75
First-Class Mail retail parcels (up to 11 ounces) $2.92
First-Class Mail retail parcels (up to 12 ounces) $3.09
First-Class Mail retail parcels (up to 13 ounces) $3.26

(Any package that exceeds 13 ounces is classified and priced as Priority Mail)

USPS Fees and Service Charges
U.S. rates for Current
Certified Mail $2.80
Restricted delivery (Fee, per item, in addition to postage and other fees) $4.50
Money Orders (up to $500) $1.10
Money Orders ($500.01 – $1,000.00) $1.50
Postal military money order (issued by military facilities) 30¢
USPS Delivery Confirmation services
U.S. rates for delivery confirmation Current
First Class (Retail) 80¢
First Class (Electronic) 19¢
Priority Mail (Retail) 70¢
Priority Mail (Electronic) 0.00
USPS Signature Confirmation services
U.S. rates for signature confirmation Current
First Class (parcels only) Retail $2.35
First Class (parcels only) Electronic $1.95
Priority Mail (Retail) $2.35
Priority Mail (Electronic) $1.95
USPS Return Receipt rates
Return Receipt (In conjunction with another service) Current
Return Receipt requested at the time of mailing (receive by mail) $2.30
Return Receipt requested at the time of mailing (receive electronically) $1.10
Return Receipt requested after mailing (USPS form 3811-A)
(receive via fax, mail or e-mail)
$4.60
USPS International Postage Rates
International Postage Rates Current
First-Class Mail International (Airmail Letter-post) to Canada (1 ounce) 75¢
First-Class Mail International (Airmail Letter-post) to Canada (2 ounces) $1.00
First-Class Mail International (Airmail Letter-post) to Canada (3 ounces) $1.25
Postcards to Canada 75¢
Postcards and Letters to Mexico (1 ounce) 79¢
First-Class Mail International to Mexico (2 ounces) $1.34
First-Class Mail International to Mexico (3 ounces) $1.89
Postcards and Letters to all other countries (1 ounce) 98¢

NOTE: Internet Accuracy Project is not affiliated with the U.S. Postal Service, UPS, DHL, FedEx or any other mail or parcel delivery company.

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