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You can submit your mailing requests to the Reference Letter Service online or on paper. Please choose from one of the following mailing options. All prices listed are per address, and payment is due at the time the request is made. When submitting your requests online, you can only pay by utilizing a credit card (MasterCard or Visa). When submitting your requests in person or by mail, in addition to credit cards, you can also use cash or checks made to “The University of Michigan.” Lack of payment may result in processing delays.

Submit a request online

Submit a Request Online

Or…

Download paper request forms to drop off, fax or mail to the RLS office
(Only for Standard, Priority, Overnight and Letters Plus!)

Mailing Options Processing Time Mail Delivery Time Estimated Total Time
(U.S. only)
Cost
Standard Mail 2-4 business days 3-4 business days 5-8 business days $7.00 per address
AMCAS 2-4 business days immediate 2-4 business days $12.00 per request
Virtual Mail
(AACOMAS & VirtualEvals only)
2-4 business days immediate 2-4 business days $12.00 per request
Rackham UM 2-4 business days immediate 2-4 business days $12.00 per request
Electronic Upload 2-4 business days immediate 2-4 business days $12.00 per address
Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation 1-3 business days 2-3 business days 3-6 business days $12.00 per address
(U.S. addresses only!)
Overnight same business day if requested by 11:00 AM next business day delivery for U.S. 1-2 business days $25.00 U.S.;
$30.00 Mexico and Canada;
$35.00 International per address
Letters Plus!
(additional materials)
same business day next business day delivery for U.S. 1-2 business days $30.00 U.S.;
$35.00 Mexico and Canada;
$40.00 International per address

Standard Mail: $7 per address

Standard requests have a 2-4 business day processing time plus an estimated delivery time of 3-4 business days. Letters are sent via US First-Class Mail.

Submit the Standard Request online

Or…

Download the Standard Request Form on paper

AMCAS: $12 per request (For further distribution to participating allopathic medical schools only)

AMCAS requests have a 2-4 business day processing time and an immediate delivery.

Submit the AMCAS Request online

Virtual Mail: $12 per request (Participating medical schools only)

Virtual Mail requests have a 2-4 business day processing time and an immediate delivery. Letters are sent via VirtualEvals, a system that only pertains to participating allopathic and osteopathic medical schools.

Submit the Virtual Mail Request online

Rackham UM: $12 per request

Rackham UM requests have a 2-4 business day processing time and an immediate delivery.

Submit the Rackham UM Request online

Electronic Upload: $12 per address (if applicable)

Electronic Upload requests have a 2-4 business day processing time and an immediate delivery. Note: Letter uploading by the UM Reference Letter Service is not always possible due to recipients’ specific system requirements. If choosing this option, you must also provide the recipient’s mailing address so that the UM Reference Letter Service can send your letters via Priority Mail (same pricing) if unable to upload to the recipient’s system. Given the unsecure nature of electronic communication, the UM Reference Letter Service cannot send letters as e-mail attachments. If you have questions, please contact the UM Reference Letter Service (734-764-7459) prior to submitting your request.

Sending reference letters electronically to your intended recipient is usually a two-step process: 

1.     In your application(s), enter one RLS email address as each letter writer’s contact email:

2.     Submit your request for an Electronic Upload to the RLS.  

Submit the Electronic Upload Request online

Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation: $12 per address

Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation requests have a processing time of 1-3 business days. Letters are sent via US Priority Mail, with an estimated delivery time of 2-3 business days. This delivery period is not a guarantee by the Post Office. Delivery Confirmation, a tracking service that provides the date and time of delivery, is included with all Priority Mail requests. Please note that Priority Mail may not be delivered to international locations.

Submit the Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation request online

Or…

Download the Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation Form on paper

Overnight: $25 per address in the U.S., $30 to Canada/Mexico, $35 International

Overnight requests are the fastest delivery option for clients with more immediate shipping needs. Letters are sent via UPS. UPS is unable to deliver to P.O. Boxes; consequently, all requests must be accompanied by a complete street address and phone number. Requests received by 11:00 am ET will be processed the same business day and delivered the next business morning to addresses within the United States. International requests are delivered in 2-3 business days. Requests received by the RLS after 11:00 am ET will be processed the next business day.

Submit the Overnight request online

Or…

Download the Overnight Form on paper

Letters Plus! Sending Additional Materials with Your Letters: $30 per address in the U.S., $35 to Canada/Mexico, $40 International

This service is for those who may need or want to have their application materials mailed along with their reference letters. Letters Plus! requests are processed via UPS Overnight service and must be accompanied by a Letters Plus! Release form. Please note that UPS is unable to deliver to P.O. Boxes; consequently, a complete street address and phone number must accompany all requests. Requests received by 11:00 am ET will be processed the same business day and delivered the next business morning to addresses within the United States. International requests are delivered in 2-3 business days. Requests received by the RLS after 11:00 am ET will be processed the next business day. If you are unable to deliver your additional materials to the RLS in person, please contact the RLS manager at 734/764-7459 or via e-mail at rlservice@umich.edu for further instructions.

Please note that given the special nature of the Letters Plus! Service, requests for this mailing option may not be submitted electronically.

Download the (1) Overnight and (2) Letters Plus! Release forms