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Mail Question: Is there a way to mail a letter from home and get printable proof (online or other) of the date the letter was delivered? If that would be Registered or Certified mail, doesn't one have to go to the US Post Office to register that letter? Or can one order a post office pick up from home of a less-expensive Registered Letter versus more expensive 2 or 3 day Priority Mail? If forms are needed to fill out, can they be found online and downloaded? The goal is to avoid the long trip to the Post Office but get proof of delivery date without paying high fees for overnight or 2 day service. Can any of this be done at a location other than a US Post Office, e.g. Office Depot or Walmart? Or do those locations only sell stamps but cannot perform other postal services like registering mail? Ideas? Solutions?
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The website to the United States Postal Service is www.usps.com.

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Good evening,

From my research, your local post office will have a service called "USPS Tracking". As stated on the official USPS site, "Provides tracking updates as an item travels to its destination, including the date and time of delivery or attempted delivery"

There is no charge for this service.

Another option to try is using text tracking as information can be sent to you on your phone and/or online

https://www.usps.com/text-tracking/welcome.htm

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
The goal was to mail a letter from home and be able to confirm the day it arrived at it's destination. You illuminated USPS's Tracking Service and that such was free. In my own research after my original question was submitted, I discovered that Tracking Service is added on top of other mailing services for no additional charge but cannot be obtained on a standalone basis, nor can it be initialized from home without purchasing another mailing service which would be Priority Mail 2-day mail for $6.70 for a letter. Priority Mail can be purchased online and a mailing label generated that is printable from home computer / printer. For $6.70, it needs to be sent in a pre-printed Priority Mail envelope or mailer which the US Post Office can send to your home for free or have their mail carrier bring it to your home when you mail your item if you call your local post office to request it. I did all of the above, was able to mail my item successfully from home when I met my mail carrier at my door after scheduling their drop-off of a Priority Mail mailing envelope, and am now able to track online when my item arrives at it's destination. There are other mailing services that can confirm when a letter or package arrives at it's destination and some are less expensive than Priority Mail, e.g. Signature Confirmation for only about $3.00, but those services cannot be purchased online nor can the letter or package be mailed from home -- a trip to the post office is required to purchase the service and send the mail via Signature Confirmation or Registered Mail which also tracks when the mailed item reaches it's destination. This was the additional research I was able to collect on my own after the original Just Answers Expert did not give me an answer and only a link to the USPS website that I was already aware of. The research I performed included waiting 1 hour on hold with the USPS phone number so as to get to a live agent who could answer my questions, and the result is the information I post above herein for your further edification and for the benefit of other readers / Just Answers Users who may have the same question. Your answer added value and was an actual answer versus just a link but it did not address the primary need which was to mail from home versus the post office and to be able to track when the mail item arrived.
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