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Difference Between First Class and Priority Mail

First Class vs Priority Mail

The USPS, completely known as the U.S. Postal Service, has been giving its customers a trusted delivery service for both business and residential forms for many years worldwide. Their mailing services come in different prices depending on the type of delivery you’d like to make.

First-Class Mail is one of their many local and international services. First Class is touted as the most cost-effective means of mailing up to a specified weight limitation, of course. Once you plan on having USPS deliver your mail via First Class, you’ll already be given the much-needed access to their website which provides lots of important information on the progress of the delivery. This service is also available with Priority Mail which is probably one of the reasons why the two are frequently being confused with each other.

To identify First-Class Mail deliveries from Priority Mail, one technique is to determine the type of document or mail to be delivered. If it is composed of handwritten or typed letters, ordinary bills, postcards, tubes, thick and big envelopes, little boxes and brochures, then most likely this package is meant for First-Class delivery. Priority Mail is a more restricted way of mailing your things or documents because it only allows you to insert items that can fit inside their given flat envelopes or mini boxes. It usually takes 2-3 days for your priority mail to be received.

The price for sending your mail via First Class is highly dependent on the item’s size, weight, and destination as compared to Priority Mail that usually has fixed rates for its given envelopes and boxes. The First-Class Mail delivery speed will also have to depend on the destination. Choosing First-Class Mail delivery also entitles you to a document showing the date you sent your item for mailing – this is popularly known as the Certificate of Mailing.

First-Class Mail has many specifications for the sending of items with regard to the item’s weight and size. Envelopes, postcards, and letters all have their corresponding dimension and weight specifications. For Priority Mail packages, all items shouldn’t go beyond 70 lbs. There are also many other restrictions to be followed when mailing items that will already go over their size and weight limits.

For both mail options, however, additional fees may be applied for delivery confirmation, special handling, and insurance among many others so as to provide more security for the delivery. The two delivery types can also send your items to international destinations.


1.First-Class Mail is generally cheaper than Priority Mail.
2.The speed of transmitting an item via First Class is very dependent on how far its destination is. Normally it is within 2-5 days although not guaranteed.
3.Priority Mail is usually delivered within 2-3 days from sending and is also not guaranteed.
4.The cost of sending an item via First Class is highly dependent on its size and weight.
5.The cost of sending an item via Priority Mail observes the flat-rate charge for whether you’ll be using their standard-sized envelope of their standard-sized boxes.

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