Completing the Mailing Receipt
Accepting clerks must prepare a Certified Mail
Receipt (PS Form 3800), when mail to be certified is
presented at the post office (see figure 5-1). Complete
this form as follows:
Block 1: Enter name of addressee (individual or firm).
Block 2: Enter postage to be collected (First Class/
Block 3: Enter certified fee.
Block 4: Enter fee(s) for additional services requested.
Block 5: Enter the total of postage and fee(s) to be
Block 6: Enter name of addressee (individual or firm).
Block 7: Enter street address and number.
Block 8: Enter city, state, and ZIP Code, or APO/FPO
Block 9: Apply postmark with the APDS.
Certified Mail Endorsement
After completing the form, detach the certified
mail stub from the left side of the PS Form 3800. Peel
the protective tape from the back of the stub and place
the stub on the address side of the article above the
address and to the right of the return address, leaving
room to affix postage stamps. For envelopes, note that
a portion of the top of the stub can be folded over the
top of the envelope (see figure 5-2).
Postal insurance is a service that customers may
purchase to reimburse them for loss or damage that
may occur to an article after it has been mailed. To
receive postal insurance, the customer must request
this service and pay the applicable insurance fee in
addition to the appropriate rate of postage. The USPS
will reimburse the customer if loss or damage occurs
while the article is in its custody. The amount the
customer is reimbursed is based on one or more of the
The amount of insurance requested (based on the
fee and not to exceed the value of the article)
Cost or value of the article
Cost of any repairs
Replacement cost of the article
What Can Be Insured
The following types of mail may be insured:
Standard Mail (B)
Standard Mail matter mailed at the First-Class
Mail or Priority Mail rate of postage
Figure 5-1. An example of a Certified Mail Receipt (PS Form 3800).