There are various mail classes and services available with USPS. The wide range of service availability attracts the people to choose this service over other package delivery companies. Some of its services like Registered Mail, Priority Mail, Certified Mail, etc. are most frequently used services.
Other than these, there is one service which is preferred by the majority of the people who send essential mail. It is USPS Signature Confirmation service. Read through this article to know more about the process, service cost and also to know what is signature confirmation and how does it work?
What is USPS Signature Confirmation?
The US Postal Service offers this service to its customers to safely send and receive their mail piece. In this service, the recipient of the mail is required to provide their signature when they collect the package. Through Signature Confirmation service the following details can be received and provided to the senders.
- Recipient name
- Date and Time of the mail delivery
- Location of the shipment delivery
- A copy of the recipient’s signature ( this can be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed to the sender depending upon their request)
In Addition to this service, if you want USPS to deliver the package only to certain recipients or an authorized person, then you can also make use of the Restricted Delivery service along with signature confirmation service. This service of USPS signature required the recipient’s to show the ID proof to the letter carrier while they receive the package.
Cost of USPS Signature Confirmation:
You can avail signature confirmation service from the post office or using online postage service. However, the cost of this service varies for both the methods. Visiting post office cost you around $2.9 while purchasing it through online will cost you around $2.45. The customers can avail this service with the below mail classes and services:
- Priority Mail
- USPS Retail Ground (packages only)
- First Class Mail (packages only)
- Media Mail (packages only)
- Collect on Delivery
- Restricted Delivery
- Registered Mail
- Insured Mail
- Return Receipt
How does it Work?
Signature Confirmation service is easy to avail and simple to use. A customer can add this service to their package while they send the mail. If the customer is going to send the mail from the local Post Office, then they can avail this service at any local Post Office. But, if they are going to send the mail piece electronically, then they need to add it to the package before they print the mail. To know more about the process read the following steps:
The process to avail Signature Confirmation service:
- Request for the PS Form 153 and fill it out thoroughly
- Enclose the bar-coded label portion of PS Form 153 to your mail
- Confirm whether you wish to obtain a copy of the delivery record by mail or fax.
- Make the payment.
What will the customer receive Signature Confirmation Service?
The customer will be provided with the following information:
- Name and Signature of the recipient
- Date, location and, time of the delivery
- Signature Confirmation Service requires that the addressee should be available to sign for the package.
More facts about the signature confirmation service:
- This service does not offer USPS Tracking of mail items.
- This service does not speed up the mailing process or assurance of delivery time.
- Should be purchased at the time of shipping
- No record related to Signature Confirmation service mail piece will be maintained at the mailing office
USPS Signature Confirmation Form:
PS Form 153 is used as Signature Confirmation form which looks like this: