What is USPS Signature Required?

In United States Postal Service (USPS) letter carriers deliver the mail to the given address. At the time of delivery if there is no one then there are two choices for letter carrier, first that he can leave the mail in the mailbox or in any safe, secure place and second is that he can take back the mail to the post office and can try to delivery that mail on the next business day. The first choice is only valid if USPS Waiver of Signature has been requested.

Letter carrier or USPS employee have to take a signature from the recipient at the time of delivery as a confirmation of delivery, it is called USPS Signature required. Mail sender can request for signature confirmation to verify the delivery of his / her mail.

Some Important Points :- 

  • For editions of Priority Mail Express Label 11-B or Label 11-F printed on (or after) January, 2012, Mail sender or mailer must inform USPS to obtain the signature of the recipient at the time of delivery as a confirmation of delivery. Mailer can inform USPS by selecting the “Signature required” box.
  • If any sender asks for signature confirmation then he / she will get the image of the signature.
  • Priority Express mail item can be left at the door of the recipient or in any secure place if “Signature required” box is not checked.

Signature required service must be selected for :-

  • Priority Mail Express Collect on Delivery.
  • Priority Mail Express Collect on Delivery Restricted Delivery.
  • Priority Mail Express with additional insurance.
  • If additional insurance is purchased or for Priority Mail Express COD, signature is required.

If the status of any item shows delivered in USPS database while tracking then any insurance claim for package loss is void if the signature is not required. (You can still file a claim in case of content missing, damaged, or for service failures).

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