Hybrid registered mail

Included in the legal frame of electronic registered mail (ERM), hybrid registered mail is created on a computer, printed out and handed over to the recipient, similar to regular paper registered mail.

The hybrid registered mail system simplifies the process when creating a large volume of registered mail, since it can be done on a computer (sometimes directly on the website of the service provider).

Then, the mail is printed, according to the options chosen by the sender (black and white or color, simple or double-sided, A4 or not, etc), put into an envelope, and given to an authorized postal service.

Finally, the letter is conventionally transported and delivered in exchange of the signature of the recipient (if reception acknowledgement is required).

The benefits of the hybrid registered letter :

  • provides proof of the content
  • saves time when delivering the letter to authorized postal services

There are also some major downsides :

  • the service of printing and putting into an envelope often costs more than doing it yourself
  • no real time saving on the delivery of the registered mail

In 2015, in France, hybrid registered letters represented 2.5% of all letters delivered that require the recipient’s signature.