How Much Does It Cost To Mail a Letter?

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How Much Does It Cost To Mail a Letter? Rely on DoNotPay To Find Out!

Answering questions such as “How much does it cost to mail a letter?” or “How many stamps do I need for a letter?” is far from easy. Many factors influence the price of sending a letter or package by snail mail, and this guide will tell you all about it.

Besides providing valuable info, we can also make your written correspondence more enjoyable by enabling you to mail your letters online.

What Influences the Cost of Mailing a Letter?

To determine the postage price for your letter, post office employees take these factors into account:

  1. Mail class—depending on how fast you want your letter to arrive at its destination and the type and size of mail you’re sending, you can choose one of the following classes:
    • Postcard
    • First Class Mail Letter
    • First Class Mail Flat
    • First Class Mail International Letter
    • Priority Mail
    • Priority Mail Express
    • First Class Package Service
    • Parcel Select Ground
  2. The size and weight of the envelope—the larger or heavier an envelope is, the more you’ll have to pay for postage
  3. The shape of the envelope—standard envelopes are rectangular, which means that unusually shaped envelopes can be more expensive to mail

How Much Does It Cost To Send a Letter?

The table below shows the prices of each letter mail class at the time of writing this article:

Mail ClassDimensions/Delivery TimePrice
  • Height—up to four inches
  • Length—up to six inches
  • Thickness—up to 0.016 inches
First Class Mail Letter
  • Height—up to six inches
  • Length—up to 11.5 inches
  • Thickness—up to 0.25 inches
  • Delivery time—two to three business days
$0.55 for one ounce

$0.20 for every additional ounce

From $1.20 for international letters

First Class Mail Flat
  • Height—up to 12 inches
  • Length—up to 15 inches
  • Thickness—up to 0.75 inches
  • Delivery time—two to three business days
$1 for one ounce

$0.20 for every additional ounce

From $2.40 for international letters

Priority Mail
  • Delivery time—one to three business days
$7.16 and up
Priority Mail Express
  • Delivery time—the next business day (overnight shipping)
$22.75 and up

Why Do People Pay for Snail Mail When Emails Are Free?

Snail mail might not be expensive in most cases, but it’s still not free like email correspondence. Even though emails and text messages are more convenient, so many people rely on postal mail even today for multiple reasons:

  • Nothing beats the excitement of writing a letter by hand, mailing it, and waiting for the response. Letters are more meaningful than emails, which is why most people turn to physical mail when they want to express their feelings
  • Relying on snail mail to send legal papers, business contracts, and personal documents that require signatures is easier than faxing for most people
  • Some institutions accept application or cancellation forms sent by snail mail only
  • Banks prefer snail mail because it’s the safest solution for sending credit cards, bank records, and similar documents since email addresses can be easily hacked

Problems With Mailing

Even if you love exchanging letters with your loved ones, you’re probably annoyed by the entire mailing procedure. Addressing your letter correctly, purchasing stamps, heading over to the post office, and waiting in long lines can take a few hours, which can be frustrating.

Why would you waste time sending a simple letter when you can and allow us to take care of everything for you?

Don’t Waste Time in the Post Office—DoNotPay Can Mail Letters for You

DoNotPay knows that queueing for hours is never pleasant, especially now during the pandemic. Use our Send Mail product and—instead of wasting hours going to the post office—mail your letters online in under five minutes.

With our help, you can avoid crowded places and handle your mail safely from the comfort of your home. This is how you can use our app to send letters stress-free:

  1. Pick our Send Mail product
  2. Enter the recipient’s name and address
  3. Upload your letter in one of the following formats:
    • PDF
    • HTML
    • JPG
    • PNG

The recipient will get the letter within seven days. If you’d like to track your mail, you can do so through the My Disputes page on your DoNotPay account.

Not Sure How To Format Your Letter? Check Out Our Simple Guide!

If you’re writing a letter for the first time, you might be confused and unsure of how to start, format, or finish it. In case you’re writing a letter to a friend or family member, you don’t have to worry about the rules.

When it comes to formal letters, the situation is completely different. Here’s how you should structure your resignations, job recommendations, and other formal letters:

  1. Start each letter by writing your info, including your:
    • Name
    • Address
    • City and ZIP code
    • Phone number
    • Email address
  2. Include the date of writing
  3. Write the recipient’s name, title, company, and address
  4. Use a formal greeting to begin your letter. Some of the common ways to address the recipient are:
    • Dear Mr./Ms. plus last name
    • Dear Hiring Manager
    • Dear Sir or Madam
    • To Whom It May Concern
  5. In the first paragraph, you should mention the reason why you’re writing the letter
  6. Provide more explanation in the following paragraphs, but keep sentences short and clear
  7. Conclude the letter by thanking the recipient (you can also ask for his or her answer)
  8. Sign off by writing a formal closing, such as:
    • Kind regards
    • Yours Truly
    • Sincerely
    • Regards
  9. Include your typed signature
  10. Sign the letter by hand above the typed signature

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