USPS Return Receipt Service

There are various services which you can purchase from USPS store or the post office at the time of mailing. Many services can be purchased at the time of mailing and many after the mailing. USPS Customers add the services with their orders according to the requirements or needs. As said before, there are various services offered by the U.S Postal Service, but in this article, we’ll only talk about Return Receipt.

Do you know what is USPS Return Receipt, how it works, and how you can use this with your order? If no, then no need to worry. Let’s find out the answers to these questions and some others too.

What is USPS Return Receipt?

Return Receipt is a service that provides the mailer/sender with the evidence of successful delivery. Customers can add this service only at the time of mailing. If you have placed your order and after that, you want to add this service, then it won’t be available for you. You will get the following information once the item is delivered:

  • Delivery Date
  • Recipient’s or its Agent’s Signature
  • Delivery Address (if the item is delivered to a different address)

This information will be available on the receipt. You can choose the method to receive this receipt because there are two methods:

  1. Hard-Copy by Mail (PS Form 3811)
  2. Electronic Receipt by E-mail

Customers can choose any one of these two methods at the time of mailing. If you choose the first option (by mail), then you will get the actual signature of the recipient on the receipt, and if you choose the second one (by e-mail), then the copy of the signature will be provided to you.

How Does Return Receipt Work?

Return Receipt is also known as “USPS Return Label” and “Green Card.” You can only purchase this receipt at the time of mailing. The postal service offers two types of receipts to customers, physical receipt and electronic receipt. It’s up to customers what they choose. After the purchase and successful delivery, you will get a physical or hard-copy of receipt (PS Form 3811) or electronic receipt by e-mail with the recipient’s signature.

To use this service, you have to fill a form which can be obtained from the post office. The form can be easily filled out by hand.

To know the return receipt cost CLICK HERE. Both, electronic and physical receipt’s cost are available there.

Types of Return Receipt:

There are two types of Return Receipt which are:

  1. Domestic Return Receipt
  2. International Return Receipt

The Domestic Return Receipt looks like this:

PS Form 3811 Front

PS Form 3811 back

To know more about the looks of domestic return receipt click HERE.

USPS Return Receipt Tracking:

The physical receipt (PS Form 3811), seen above, includes a barcode with the tracking number. This tracking number won’t help you to track the mailpiece or item sent by the mailer, but it can provide tracking info on the physical receipt itself as it’s being mailed to the actual mailer.

Visit this link to get tracking information.

Note: A mailpiece or item with this service may be mailed from the office, home, or dropped in the collection box receptacle if the correct postage, fees, and form are affixed.

Following Services can be Combined with Return Receipt:

  • Certified Mail
  • Certified Mail Restricted Delivery
  • Certified Mail Adult Signature Restricted Delivery
  • Certified Mail Adult Signature Required
  • Special Handling-Fragile
  • Adult Signature Requested (Form 3811 only)
  • Adult Signature Restricted Delivery (Form 3811 only)
  • Registered Mail
  • Registered Mail Restricted Delivery
  • Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery (Form 3811 only)
  • Signature Confirmation (Form 3811 only)
  • Insurance (when insured for more than $500, Form 3811 only)
  • Collect on Delivery
  • Collect on Delivery Restricted Delivery

Return Label is Available for:

  • Priority Mail Express
  • Priority Mail
  • First Class Mail
  • USPS Retail Ground
  • Media Mail.

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