USPS January 2017 Price Changes

Rate Change FAQ

The PRC approved the following changes to USPS®First-Class Mail®, Standard Mail, Periodical and Package Service products
effective January 22, 2017.

Priority Mail PricesCurrentNew
Small Flat-Rate Box$6.80$7.15
Medium Flat-Rate Box$13.45$13.60
Large Flat-Rate Box$18.75$18.85
Large Army/Air Post Office and
Fleet Post Office Flat-Rate Box
Regular Flat-Rate Envelope$6.45$6.65
Legal Flat-Rate Envelope$6.45$6.95
Padded Flat-Rate Envelope$6.80$7.20


First-Class Mail, Letters Weight Not Over
(in ounces)


Mailing Rate Increases

  • The price for First-Class® Mail letters (1 oz.) increased from 47¢ to 49¢.
  • The price for First-Class® Mail Flats increased from 94¢ to 98¢.
  • First-Class® Parcels (Retail) increased by .624 percent, but parcels that weigh from 0 to 4 oz. remain at $2.67.
  • Overall, Media Mail and Library Mail increased by 1.135 percent.
  • Signature Confirmation™ increased overall by 3.5 percent.
  • Collect on Delivery increased overall by 2.5 percent.
  • Return Receipt increased overall by 2.9 percent.
  • Certificate of Mailing increased overall by 6.1 percent.

Mailing Rate Decreases

  • The First-Class® Mail Parcels (Retail) additional ounce price changed from 19¢ to 18¢.
  • Presorted letters/postcards decrease by 0.250 percent.
  • The price of stamps increased to 49¢ but the single-piece metered mail price will shrink to 46¢, which will increase the postage meter discount from a half-cent to three cents. The six percent meter differential price between a metered First Class piece and a stamped First Class piece will save money for all meter users.

Mailing Service Changes to Note

  • Collect on Delivery changed to a Hold for Pickup Only service, which means that mail pieces will be held at the post office and customers will be informed of the pick-up time.
  • Standard Mail is now branded USPS Marketing Mail.
  • Customers now have opportunity to add Adult Signature Service to First-Class® Mail Parcels (Retail) for a cost starting at $2.67 for 1 oz.

Shipping Services Changes

Priority Mail Express®:

  • Priority Mail Express Prices increased 3.3 percent and will continue to be offered on zoned Retail, Commercial Base® and Commercial Plus® pricing tiers.
  • Retail prices increased an average of 3.7 percent.
  • Flat Rate envelope price increased to $23.75 and the Legal Flat Rate envelope increased to $23.95. The Padded Flat Rate envelope increased to $24.45.
  • Commercial Base prices increased by an average of 2.4 percent.

Priority Mail Price

  • Priority Mail prices increased by an average of 3.9 percent and will also continue to be offered on zoned Retail, Commercial Base, and Commercial Plus pricing tiers.
  • Priority Mail Retail prices cost .4 percent less than its Priority Mail Express counterpart which increased by 3.3 percent.
  • The Flat Rate Envelope price increased to $6.95 and the Legal Flat Rate envelope increased to $7.20. The price for the small Flat Rate box was raised to $7.15, the medium Flat Rate box was increased to $13.60 and the large Flat Rate Box increased to $18.85.
  • Commercial Base Prices will increase by an average of 4.1 percent, which is 1.7 percent lower than its Priority Mail Express International equivalent.

First-Class Package Service

Generally, First-Class Package Service increased by 4.1 percent.

Parcel Select

  • Parcel Select non-lightweight increased by an average of 3.5 percent, while Parcel Select Lightweight increased by an average of 8 percent.
  • The prices for Parcel Select Ground™ increased by an average of 2.7 percent.

USPS Retail Ground

Overall, prices for USPS Retail Ground increased by an average of 3.8 percent.

Extra Services

  • Parcel Return Service price increased by an average of 5.5 percent on average.
  • Adult Signature Required and Adult Signature Restricted Delivery Service prices increased 3.5 and 3.4 percent respectively. The price for Adult Signature Required increased to $5.90 and Adult Signature Restricted Delivery increased to $6.15.
  • USPS Package Intercept fee increased by 3.2 percent to $12.95.