USPS Restricted Delivery


What Is Restricted Delivery?

The USPS® offers a service called Restricted Delivery, which guarantees that your mail is only delivered to the addressee. Restricted Delivery is designed specifically for sensitive mail such as confidential legal documents, important contracts, classified documents, and high-value packages or papers. When you use Restricted Delivery, the recipient of your mailpiece must positively ID himself before the USPS carrier will relinquish possession of the mailpiece.

Restricted Delivery costs $5.15 per mailpiece and is only available when purchased in conjunction with Certified Mail, Collect-On-Delivery, USPS Insurance greater than $200, or Registered Mail. Restricted Delivery, can be used with most mail classes including First-Class Mail®, Priority Mail®, and Package Services such as Parcel Select and Media Mail.

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(to use during your trial).

Try us out for 4 weeks! Get $5 free postage

(to use during your trial)

Try us out for 4 weeks!

Get $5 free postage

(to use during your trial)

How Does Restricted Delivery Work?

To use Restricted Delivery, you must either tell the Post Office clerk that you’d like to purchase the service or clearly mark your mail “Restricted Delivery” at the time you hand it over to the clerk. This notification should be placed above the delivery address and to the right of the return address.

If you are a Stamps.com customer and would like to purchase this service without making a trip to the post office, you may select Restricted Delivery from any of the postage windows (except for International) by clicking the “Select” button next to “Add’l Options.” Please note that you must still clearly mark your mailpiece as “Restricted Delivery.”

Add Restricted Delivery to your mailings with Stamps.com

With Stamps.com, you and your staff will never have to stand in another post office line again! Not only does Stamps.com let you print official, USPS-approved postage from the comfort of your own home or office, it also gives you instant, 24/7 access to all the USPS services you need, including Restricted Delivery, Certified Mail, insurance and more.


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Every new customer account starts with:

  • Free 5 lb. Digital Scale*, connects via USB
  • 4-week trial
  • $5 in free postage to use in trial period
  • Free Supplies Kit including postage labels
  • Additional $10 postage coupons to use after trial
    *pay only S&H fee