USPS First Class packages come with tracking. However, First Class Mail postcards, letters and flats are not eligible for tracking. Customers can choose to add on an additional service that offers some degree of tracking information.
To mail your letter First Class Mail you simply address your envelope, affix postage to the envelope and drop it in a collection box or with your mail carrier. You can also send First Class Mail via an online mailing solution, such as Switch, which handles the printing, stamping and sending of your mail for you.
First Class Mail typically takes 1 to 3 days to be delivered. However, due to COVID-19 delivery times may be delayed.
To qualify for First Class Mail, your letter must be no smaller than 3½” high x 5” long and at least 0.007” thick. It must be no bigger than 6 1/8″ high x 11½” long and no more than ¼” thick. Letters sent via First Class Mail cannot weigh more than 3.5 ounces.
Yes, you can insure First Class Mail against loss or damage. Insuring your mail against loss or damage is usually an additional fee but is probably worth it depending on what you are sending.
For 2022, First Class Mail rates start at $.58. The USPS usually conducts an annual rate increase so each year the cost of First Class Mail will increase.
No, any box or envelope labeled “Priority Mail” must be used only for Priority Mail. If you try to send First Class Mail in a Priority Mail Box you will be stopped by the USPS.
Priority Mail is the USPS’s top priority to ship out. It is delivered faster than First Class Mail and is typically more expensive.
Pre-sorted mail is when the mailer prepares mail so that it is sorted to the finest extent required by the standards of the price claimed. The benefit of pre-sorting your mail is that you will have significant savings on postage.
Yes, First Class Mail is the most affordable and easy way to send your postcards, envelopes, flats and lightweight packages. It is also known as regular mail.
The mail difference is the size of the packages that can be delivered through each platform. For First Class Mail, packages must weigh less than 3.5 ounces. For Priority Mail, packages can weigh up to 70lbs. Priority Mail costs more and is often delivered faster.
For domestic mailing a 1 oz. First Class Mail letter costs $0.58. Each additional ounce for a First Class Mail letter is an additional $0.20.
First Class mail postage can not be used for flat rate boxes. In fact, USPS does not offer boxes or envelopes for First Class Packages or mail. If you are sending First Class mail you will need to provide your own packaging or envelopes.
Flat rate First Class is not the same as Priority Mail. First Class Mail is a class of mail used to ship letters, thick envelopes, padded envelopes, and lightweight packages, it is usually the most cost effective way to send packages and letters. Priority Mail is the USPS’s class of mail that is their top priority to ship out. It delivers parcels at a quicker speed than First Class Mail and allows for far heavier parcels.