Mail & Shipping Services

Find the Right Domestic Mail Service

USPS® express and standard mail services allow you to choose delivery options that fit your needs. Find the fastest shipping service or most affordable shipping price depending on what items you’re sending and when you want them delivered.

Find the deadlines to send your gifts before the holidays and see Post Office Holiday Hours.

Compare USPS Mail Services to quickly see which option is best for your shipment.

ALERT: As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, certain packages may take longer than usual to arrive. Priority Mail Express overnight service is unaffected. Learn More

Priority Mail Express

Overnight to 2-Day Guarantee1

Our fastest domestic shipping service, Priority Mail Express® delivers 7 days a week, 365 days a year (with limited exceptions). Overnight delivery is available to most U.S. addresses and PO Boxes2 with a money-back guarantee1. With our free Flat Rate Envelopes, you don’t need to weigh shipments 70 lbs and under. Purchase Priority Mail Express postage and shipping labels at a Post Office location or online. Prices start at $26.35.

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Priority Mail

Shipping in 1–3 Business Days1

Priority Mail® is our bestselling mail service. Domestic deliveries arrive in 1-3 business days3 depending on where your package starts and where it’s going. Tracking and insurance are included, shipping boxes and envelopes are free, and with Priority Mail Flat Rate®, you don't need to weigh shipments 70 lbs and under. Purchase Priority Mail postage and shipping labels at a Post Office or online. Prices start at $7.50.

Ship Online with Priority Mail. Learn More about Priority Mail


First-Class Mail

Mail in 1–3 Business Days

First-Class Mail® is an affordable mail service for standard-sized, single-piece envelopes weighing up to 3.5 oz and large envelopes and small packages weighing up to 13 oz with delivery in 3 business days or less. From $0.55 at a Post Office.

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Media Mail

Shipping in 2–8 Business Days4

Media Mail® is a cost-effective way to send media and educational materials. This service has restrictions on the type of media that can be sent. Prices start at $2.80 at a Post Office.

Using Media Mail

Here's what you can send:

  • Books (at least 8 pages)
  • 16-millimeter or narrower width films
  • Printed music and test materials
  • Video and sound recordings
  • Playscripts and manuscripts
  • Printed educational reference charts
  • Medical loose-leaf pages and binders
  • Computer-readable media

NOTE: Video games, computer drives, and digital drives do not qualify for Media Mail prices.

Weight, Size, & Shape Requirements

  • Maximum weight is 70 lbs.

Media Mail Eligibility Standards
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USPS Retail Ground

Shipping in 2–8 Business Days4

USPS Retail Ground® is a reliable and economical way to ship5 less-than-urgent deliveries and oversized packages. Prices start $7.50 at a Post Office.

Using Retail Ground

  • Includes USPS Tracking®
  • Good for packages too large for Priority Mail Express and Priority Mail delivery
  • Only available at USPS Post Offices

NOTE: Department of Defense employees overseas may send packages to the U.S. using Retail Ground through Click-N-Ship®. Sending Military & Diplomatic Mail

Weight, Size, & Shape Requirements

  • Retail Ground ships packages up to 70 lbs and up to 130 inches in combined length and girth.
  • Dimensional (DIM) weight rates apply to large, lightweight packages that are shipped to Zones 1-9. DIM weight = Length x Width x Height ÷ 166

Physical Standards for Retail Ground
Retail Ground Eligibility Standards
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Compare Mail Services

Compare USPS mail services by Starting Price (retail and commercial), Ship Time, and more. Most services automatically include USPS Tracking, and you can purchase additional insurance and extra services.

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Service Starting Price Ship Time Pricing Options Where to Pay Postage Insurance Other Services
Priority Mail Express®

$26.35 (at Post Office & Online)

$24.25 (Commercial)6

Overnight Guaranteed7

  • Flat Rate
  • Variable Price

At Post Office & Online

$100 included8

Included: USPS Tracking

Available: Signature Confirmation9, Return Receipt10, Collect on Delivery

Priority Mail®

$7.50 (at Post Office & Online)

$7.42 (Commercial)6

1-3 days11

  • Flat Rate
  • Variable Price
  • Regional Rate
  • Prepaid

At Post Office & Online

$50 included12

Included:USPS Tracking

Available: Signature Confirmation, Return Receipt, Collect on Delivery

First-Class Mail®

$0.55 (at Post Office & Online)

$0.389 (Commercial)6

1-3 days

  • Variable Price

At Post Office

Available

Available: Return Receipt13, Collect on Delivery

First-Class Package Service®

$3.80 (at Post Office)

$2.99 (Commercial6)

1-3 days

  • Variable Price

At Post Office (& Online with Click-N-Ship® business account)

Available

Included: USPS Tracking

Available: Signature Confirmation, Return Receipt, Collect on Delivery

USPS Retail Ground®

$7.50 (at Post Office)

2-8 days

  • Variable Price

At Post Office

Available

Included: USPS Tracking (packages only)

Available: Signature Confirmation (packages only), Return Receipt, Collect on Delivery

Media Mail®

$2.80 (at Post Office)

$2.10 (Commercial)6

2-8 days

  • Variable Price

At Post Office

Available

Included: USPS Tracking (packages only)

Available: Signature Confirmation (parcels only), Return Receipt14, Collect on Delivery

1. Exceptions apply. For details, visit the Domestic Mail Manual. Back ^ to legal disclaimer 1
2. Scheduled delivery date depends on origin, destination, and drop-off time. Some restrictions apply. For additional information, visit the Price Calculator. Back ^ to legal disclaimer 2
3. In most cases, the expected delivery date printed on your receipt or provided at checkout will reflect a delivery time of 1, 2, or 3 business days and is based on origin, destination, and drop-off time. The expected delivery date does not come with a money-back guarantee. Back ^ to legal disclaimer 3
4. The timeliness of service to or from destinations outside the contiguous U.S. may be affected by the limited availability of transportation. Back ^ to legal disclaimer 4
5. Available for Zones 5-9, up to 70 lbs. Prices in Zones 1-4, up to 70 lbs, are only for the mailing of hazardous materials, live animals, or other items required to be shipped by ground/surface transportation. Oversized USPS Retail Ground available for Zones 1-9, up to 70 lbs, when measuring over 108 inches but not more than 130 inches in combined length and girth. Back ^ to legal disclaimer 5
6. Commercial pricing available for businesses that qualify. Browse service prices and eligibility. Back ^ to legal disclaimer 6
7. For many major markets. Average number of days based on origin and destination. Back ^ to legal disclaimer 7
8. Available only for certain products and to certain destinations. Restrictions and exclusions apply. Insurance does not cover certain items. For details, visit 609.4.3 (Non-payable Claims), 609 (Filing Indemnity Claims for Loss or Damage), and 503.4 (Insured Mail) of the Domestic Mail Manual available at http://pe.usps.com/text/dmm300/dmm300_landing.htm. Priority Mail Express shipments must have an applicable USPS barcode to qualify for the included insurance. For shipments valued at more than $100, additional insurance may be available for purchase. Back ^ to legal disclaimer 8
9. Priority Mail Express service comes with a signature option. Back ^ to legal disclaimer 9
10. PS Form 3811 by mail only. Back ^ to legal disclaimer 10
11. In most cases, the expected delivery date printed on your receipt or provided at checkout will reflect a delivery time of 1, 2, or 3 business days and is based on origin, destination, and drop-off time. The expected delivery date does not come with a money-back guarantee. Back ^ to legal disclaimer 11
12. Available only for certain products and to certain destinations. Restrictions and exclusions apply. Insurance does not cover certain items. For details, visit 609.4.3 (Non-payable Claims), 609 (Filing Indemnity Claims for Loss or Damage), 503.1 (Basic Standards for Extra Services), and 503.4 (Insured Mail) of the Domestic Mail Manual available at http://pe.usps.com/text/dmm300/dmm300_landing.htm. To qualify for included insurance, Priority Mail domestic shipments must have the applicable Intelligent Mail® package barcode (IMpb). Insurance is not included when Priority Mail service is combined with certain extra services, such as additional insurance, or when a shipment is sent using Priority Mail Open and Distribute®, Premium Forwarding Service Residential® or Premium Forwarding Service Commercial® For shipments valued at more than $50, additional insurance may be available for purchase. Back ^ to legal disclaimer 12
13. When purchased at the time of mailing with Certified Mail®, COD, Insurance (for more than $200) or Registered Mail. Restrictions apply. Back ^ to legal disclaimer 13
14. When purchased at the time of mailing with COD or Insurance (for more than $200). Back ^ to legal disclaimer 14