Peter Wade is a Federal court qualified expert in Postal Procedures and Postal Inspection Service policies, investigative methods and techniques. He has twenty-five years of experience with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, eight years as a postal inspector and seventeen years in supervisory and policy-making positions. Mr. Wade also has two years of experience as postmaster of San Juan, PR. He has provided expert opinions in numerous federal and state court matters regarding postal criminal investigative procedures and USPS policies and procedures.
Both plaintiffs and defendants are often frustrated because official USPS records of the disposition of Certified Mail are only retained for two years. Often, litigation in a matter does not even begin until more than two years after the situation being litigated have passed.
Recently I have had several firms ask me if they could use USPS Form 152 instead of the more costly Certified Mail most commonly used to provide proof of receipt. The short answer is no.
The United States Postal Service offers two services which document that a letter has been placed in the mail at a certain place on a certain date; Certified Mail and a Certificate of Mailing.