Service Options

First Class

Postcards, letters, and large envelopes can be sent using First-Class Mail. This service can be used for personal correspondence, handwritten or typewritten letters, and bills or statements of account. It may also be used for advertisements and lightweight merchandise. The weight limit for First-Class Mail is 13 ounces. For heavier items, use Priority Mail. [view rates]

Express Mail

Express mail is our fastest service. It offers guaranteed delivery service 365 days a year, including weekends and holidays. [view rates]Important letters and documents may be sent by Express Mail. A full postage refund is made for all domestic shipments delivered later than the guaranteed commitment for that particular service.Express mail in convenient to use. We supply you with mailing containers (envelopes, boxes and tubes) and the necessary mailing labels at no charge. Merchandise is automatically insured up to $500 against loss or damage.

Priority Mail

When the overnight speed of Express Mail is not needed but preferential handling is desired, use Priority Mail. Priority Mail offers expedited delivery at the least expensive rate in the industry.For proper handling, Priority Mail should be well identified. We will provide Priority Mail stickers, labels, envelopes, and boxes at no extra charge. [view rates]

Fed Ex

Fed Ex has the fastest next day service. It offers guaranteed delivery service.Choose the service you need:

  • FedEx First Overnight - Next business day delivery by 8:00 a.m. or 8:30 a.m.
  • FedEx Priority Overnight - Next business day delivery by 10:30 a.m. to most areas
  • FedEx Standard Overnight - Next business day delivery by 3:00 p.m.
  • FedEx 2day - Second businss day delivery by 4:30 p.m. to most areas.

Special Service:
FedEx Same Day - Delivery the same day you call, depending on flight availability. Call 1-800-463-3339 to schedule a pickup.For your convenience Mail Services has an area for drop off of FedEx only. FedEx will pickup each day by 3:00 p.m.To set up a new FedEx account, contact cjohnson8@kumc.edu. The charges will come through on your mail services invoice.

The Difference Between Certified Mail and Registered Mail

Certified Mail - (Proof of Mailing)
You get a mailing receipt and can verify date and time of delivery.Registered Mail - (Protection in Transit)
Mailing highly valuable items worth up to $25,000. This provides the maximum security.

Certified Mail

Certified mail provides proof of mailing and delivery of mail. The sender receives a mailing receipt at the time of mailing, and a record of delivery is kept at the recipient's post office. A return receipt is provided the sender with proof of delivery and can also be purchased for an additional fee. Certified mail service is available only for First-Class Mail or Priority Mail. Certified Mail is not available for international mail, not does it offer insurance protection.

Registered Mail

Registered mail is the most secure service option offered by the Postal Service. It provides added protection for valuable and important mail. Registered articles are placed under tight security from the point of mailing to the point of delivery. First Class Mail or Priority Mail is required on domestic registered mail.

Insurance

Insurance coverage up to $5,000.00, may be purchased in Mail Services, see our staff for more details. For the most secure service, see Registered Mail for coverage up to $25,000. For articles insured for more than $50, a receipt of delivery is signed by the recipient and filed at the delivery post office. [view fees ]

Return Receipt

This is the sender's proof of delivery. A return receipt can be purchased for mail sent COD, Express Mail, insured for more than $50, registered, or certified. The return receipt shows who signed for the item and the date it was delivered.

Standard

Standard A is not mailed or required to be mailed as First-Class mail, is not entered as periodical, and weighs less than 16 ounces. Standard A mail usually consists of printed matter such as:

  • Advertisements
  • Catalogs
  • Merchandise
  • Newsletters
  • Promotional Material
  • Solicitations

Computer prepared material may contain the following without being considered personal correspondence:
Information about a product or service offered for sale or lease or relating the addressee to an advertised product or service. The amount paid for a previous purchase or pledge when associated with a sales promotion or solicitation for donations.Advantages:

  • Generally less expensive than First-Class
  • May qualify for nonprofit rates
  • Has a number of discounts available
  • Bulk rate prices are not subject to nonstandard surcharge

Disadvantages:

  • Perceived as less important than First-Class mail
  • Weight limit of 16 ounces
  • May receive deferred service
  • Must pay for forwarding or return
  • No special services available

Nonprofit

An organization authorized to mail as Nonprofit Standard Mail rates may mail only its own matter at those rates.

Package Services

Maximum weight:

  • 15 pounds (for Bound Printed Matter),
  • 70 pounds (for Parcel Post, Media Mail and Library Mail)

Package Services is a class of mail primarily intended for merchandise, catalogs and other printed material.Package Services has 4 rate groups, Parcel Post, Bound Printed Matter, Media Mail, and Library rate. Any Package Service matter may be mailed at the parcel post rates. There are limitations on what can be mailed at the Bound Printed Matter, Media and Library rates. Library rate is used when libraries are sending mail to each other and include: books, magazines or CD's. The following are examples of items generally mailed at Standard B:

  • Books
  • Catalogs/Directories
  • Merchandise
  • Sound Recordings
  • Video Tapes

Advantages

  • Forwarded locally for one year
  • Has a number of different rates available
  • Normally some special services available

Disadvantages

  • May receive deferred service
  • Must pay for return or non-local forwarding

Library Mail

Items on loan from or mailed between academic institutions, public libraries, museums, and other qualified organizations can be sent using Library Mail.Content is limited to books, sound recordings, academic theses, and certain other items.Advertising restrictions apply. Each piece must show in the address or return address the name of a school or nonprofit organization. [view rates]

Last modified: Jun 23, 2014
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