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New price decrease for USPS certified and first class mail effective April 10, 2016

The costs to mail construction lien, bond claim and stop notices just went down a little bit. Effective April 10, 2016 the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) decreased the costs for first class mail from $0.49 to $0.47.

The sending of Certified Mail went down also. The Certified Mail fee went from $3.45 to $3.30. The Return Receipt Green Card decreased from $2.80 to $2.70. Thus the total cost to send Return Receipt Green Card Certified Mail overall went down from $6.74 to $6.47.

The cost for Return Receipt Electronic Signature decreased also, from $1.40 to $1.35. With the the Certified Mail fee going down from $3.45 to $3.30, the total cost to send Return Receipt Electronic Signature overall went down from $5.34 to $5.12.

New USPS certified mail changes

Effective May 31, 2015 the U.S. Postal Service increased the price of Certified Return Receipt (CRR) mail, also known as the green card return receipt, to $6.74 from the previous $6.49. To save $1.40, you can use the Electronic Return Receipt (ERR), which now cost $5.34 total per mail piece.

The format of the Return Green Card (PS Form 3811) and Certified Mail Receipt (PS Form 3800) also changed.

TRADITION SOFTWARE has been in contact with the Postal Service business office in Memphis, TN regarding the continued use of our CRR and ERR pre-printed TRADITION Forms, our self-mailer certified mail forms developed with the U.S. Postal Service in 2010. As of today, the Postal Service is trying to determine what to do with vendors and business partners like ourselves who have stock on hand for certified mail solutions.

PreLien2Lien adds USPS address verification

A major new feature was added to PreLien2Lien with the November 2013 upgrade release available from the DOWNLOADS section at www.TraditionSoftware.com.

An easy to use USPS address verification button was added to the PROJECT, CUSTOMER, OWNER, GENERAL, SURETY/LENDER and OTHER LEGAL PARTY tabs.

Users can now confirm that an address is registered with the U.S. Postal Service for delivery of mail. If an address is correct, you can choose to use an ALL CAPS version from the USPS website, convert the result to Proper Case, or leave the address as it was originally entered.

Address verification is extremely important in the lien process. The number 3 that looks like an 8 in a salesperson’s order for building materials could make a last minute 1st notice in advance of a lien invalid as the non existent property address is used. Having mail returned that was orginally sent to a project’s Customer, Owner, General Contractor or Surety/Lender not only is a waste of money, but also could invalidate a future lien claim depending on a state’s laws.

This new feature was the result of some great work by Miriam Liskin, Software Development Manager, and an ongoing business relationship with the U.S. Postal Service. Previously TRADITION SOFTWARE worked with the USPS for the creation of our 11″ x 14″ certfied mail Tradition Forms along with certified mail tracking through use of the TRACK CERTIFIED MAIL button.