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How to Send USPS Express Mail

Find out how to send U.S. Postal Service (USPS) domestic Express Mail through UCSD Mail Services and recharge the cost to your department index.

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1. Determine if USPS Express Mail will meet your mailing needs.

Read about Express Mail, USPS's fastest domestic service:

  • Delivery overnight by noon or by 3 p.m. to many U.S. destinations
  • Delivery to most U.S. addresses, including P.O. boxes and military addresses
  • Delivery to most U.S. locations 365 days a year, including Sundays and holidays

Note: If you want to send your mail to an international destination, see How to Send USPS International Mail.

2. Get your Express Mail supplies.

Go to UCSD Mail Services Customer Supplies and complete the online order form to get your free Express Mail supplies. If you need assistance to complete the form, see How to Order Mail Services Supplies.

Note: Most items will be delivered to you within 24 hours.

3. Consider your insurance needs.

For an additional charge, you can insure your Express Mail item. In Step 5, list a declared value.

4. Complete an Express Mail label.

Important: Express Mail will ship to P.O. boxes.

Complete an Express Mail label with the following information:


Express Mail label
  1. Method of Payment: Leave blank
  2. From: List your full UCSD mailing address including:
    • Telephone number
    • Name
    • Mailing address and Mail Code
  3. Leave blank
  4. To: List recipient's information including:
    • Telephone number
    • Name
    • Mailing address
    • City, state
  5. Fill in recipient's ZIP code+4

5. Prepare your Express Mail.

  • List the following information on your mail item in the top right corner:
    • Index to be recharged
    • Declared value (if insurance desired)
  • Attach the Express Mail label to your item.
    • Sample:
Index to be recharged
Declared value (if insurance desired)


Attach Express Mail label here

6. Mail your Express Mail.

A copy of the Express Mail label information will be returned to you.

7. Check your Express Mail charges.

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