Eligibility and Restrictions for Collect on Delivery (COD) and COD Restricted Delivery

  • Available with Priority Mail Express® (1-Day and 2-Day service only), Priority Mail®, First-Class Mail®, First-Class Package Service®, USPS Retail Ground™, Media Mail®, Library Mail, Bound Printed Matter, and Parcel Select® (except Parcel Select Lightweight®). The following must apply for all eligible mail classes:
    • ?The mail has the complete names and addresses of the mailer and addressee.
    • The mailer guarantees to pay any return postage, unless otherwise specified on the mail.
    • The goods shipped are ordered by the addressee. 
  • COD and COD Restricted Delivery may be combined with Registered Mail™ (not available for purchase with First-Class Package Service items), Special Handling - Fragile, Return Receipt, Signature Confirmation™ (not available for purchase with Priority Mail Express COD), and Hold for Pickup service.
  • May not be combined with Certified Mail® service.
  • When a COD mailpiece cannot be delivered to the recipient or an agent, the item will not be held at the local Post Office for more than 10 days. The mailer may specify fewer days.
  • Amount to be collected from the recipient may not exceed $1,000. Items can have a declared value over $1,000, but must be sent "Registered with Insurance" with COD.
  • USPS Tracking® is available at no cost for all mail classes except USPS Marketing Mail™ (formerly Standard Mail®) parcels.
  • Any article sent COD can also be sent by Priority Mail Express® when a delivery signature is requested. The maximum amount collectible from the recipient on an individual article is $1,000, and indemnity for an article is limited to $1,000. Priority Mail Express® postage and the proper COD fees must be paid.
  • When COD is used with one of the following, both the respective label and the COD form must be placed on the front of the article.
    • ??Priority Mail Express
    • Registered Mail
    • Hold for Pickup Service
    • A separate barcoded shipping label
  • In addition, for delivery receipt and indemnity claims purposes:
    • The Priority Mail Express article number is used
    • The Registered Mail number is used
  • ?USPS maintains a record of delivery (including the recipient’s signature) for two years. 

Additional Conditions and Restrictions:

  • COD is not available with International mail.
  • COD may not be used to return merchandise over which there is some dispute.
  • COD may not be used for moving-picture films mailed by exhibitors to moving-picture manufacturers, distributors, or exchanges.
  • COD may not be used for articles sent to or from an APO, FPO or DPO address, including official mail and shipments to Armed Forces agencies.
  • COD may not be used for articles sent to or from the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia.
  • COD may not be used for collection agency purposes.
  • COD may not be used for mailing of only bills or statements of account.

Further information is available in the Domestic Mail Manual.

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