How long does recorded 1st Class mail delivery take?

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Have you got a last minute birthday card to send? Or maybe your letter is just too important for you to risk it falling into the wrong hands? In either of these scenarios you may want to opt for recorded, also known as ‘signed’, 1st Class delivery.

If you choose recorded 1st Class service, your letter is almost sure to reach its destination (across the whole U.K.) the next working day including Saturdays. What’s more, you may rest assured that the mail is going to reach the person you want and no one else. The recipient will be asked to sign a document called a proof of delivery.  

On top of that, a notification will be sent to your mobile as soon the parcel arrives. Or, if you prefer, you will be able to go online and check your letter’s status.

Taking all of that into account, recorded 1st Class seems like a really safe way to send your important letters. However, if something goes wrong and your mail gets lost, you can count on compensation cover (included in price).

To compare, the regular 2nd Class delivery takes up to 3 days, the compensation cover amount is considerably smaller and you won’t get a notification when your letter arrives. On the other hand, the price of this service is lower, so 2nd Class may be an option for you if you are on a budget or if you you are not in a hurry and want to send inexpensive items.


 Time of deliveryPriceCompensation cover amountProof of delivery (signature)Notification (mobile/online)
recoded 1st Class The next working day (including Saturdays) ++++ ++ + +
1st Class The next working day (including Saturdays) ++ + - -
2nd Class 2-3 days (including Saturdays) + + - -
recorded 2nd Class 2-3 days (including Saturdays) +++ ++ + +


The prices of both 1st Class and 2nd Class depend on the size and weight of the item you wish to send. There are several categories, ranging from a few grams to 20kg of weight and from 5mm to 46cm of thickness.

Did you know?

If you haven’t got a day to spare, there is another option for you: a range of special services. Among these you will find same day mail delivery, tracked letters and many more.

What’s your experience with recorded 1st Class delivery? Was it delivered the next day even to a remote destination? We’d love to hear your opinion!

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