Certified Mail and Return Receipt

When sending Certified Mail and Requesting Return Receipt, firmly attach the PS Form 3800 and PS Form 3811 along with the Domestic Mail Postage Charge From to the mail piece.  Place in your out-going mail for pickup by your mail courier.

Certified Mail

PS Form 3800

Provides proof of mailing at the time of mailing and the date and time of delivery or attempted delivery.  Upon request, Return Receipt can be added to confirm delivery or that a delivery attempt was made.

  • Provides sender with mailing receipt.
  • Available for: First-Class Mail, First-Class Package Service and Priority Mail
  • May be combined with: restricted delivery, return receipt
  • No insurance provided.

On Form 3800, enter the name and complete address of the person or firm to whom the mail is addressed.

Certified mail receipt


Domestic Return Receipt Postcard

PS Form 3811

The Domestic Return Receipt provides mailers with evidence of delivery, to whom the mail was delivered and date of delivery, along with information about the recipient’s delivery address.  Can be added to Certified Mail Service to confirm delivery or that a delivery attempt was made.

 A complete return address is required on the mail piece when a return receipt is requested.

domestic return receipt

PS Forms 3800 and 3811 are available at no charge on the USPS.com website.


Forms may also be requested by emailing lsumailsvc@lsu.edu. Forms will be sent to you through Campus Mail.