What is Registered Post AD?

Sometimes law requires us to send “Registered Post A. D.” under a various provision in legal matters, This “Registered Post A. D.” means Registered Post with Acknowledgement Due or Register Acknowledgement. You may often see this on the top of legal letters.

Now the question arises “what is Registered Post with Acknowledgement Due (RPAD)?”

In general postal service, we send a letter to reach a certain destination and we believe that would land to its purposeful receiver, however, that might not be case always but in certain legal issues we can not just take that type of risk where there is a risk of ending up on the wrong hand, therefore a check system is maintained by getting an “Acknowledgement” from the receiver by a piece of paper with his sign (or who receives on behalf of him) that confirms the document is properly served, which is very important in complex legal issues and can be used as evidence in the court. That signed document (of receipt) is then delivered backed to the sender and the post office kept all the record (Registered). that’s why the evidential value of “Registered Post A. D.” too high and that much important.

How to send a Registered Post with Acknowledgement Due (AD)?

First, you have to write down the name of the sender and receiver unlike any other letter [ in the left side write down the name and full address of the sender and on top of it write “From” ; similarly, on the other side write down the name and full address of the receiver and on top of it write “TO” (Image given below)]

Registered post with ad | Envelope

Registered post with ad | Envelope

Then, you have to go to the nearest post office tell them that you want to send a letter/notice with AD and then they will provide you with a slip which is printed on both side, on one side of it write down the sender’s name and address or where the sender wants to receive the receipt copy of the acknowledgement. Then attach that slip with the envelope on the opposite side where you put sender’s and receiver’s address. after completing this go to the AD counter and submit it, It may take 10 (ten) to 20 (twenty) taka for per AD Letter then they will provide you with a separate receipt of the payment. Your part of the job is done here.

Attached AD slip with envelope

Attached AD slip with envelope


How to receive the Acknowledgement Slip?

It is very important to receive the slip of Acknowledgement letter that you send, that slip with sign and seal is the valid proof that the other party has received your letter and therefore they are bound by law to provide you with their reply.  If everything goes correctly then the postal service will deliver the acknowledgement slip at your desired address (that you wrote on the front side of the slip)

Time needed for Registered Post with Acknowledgement Due

Generally, it will take 3 – 7 working days to send the letter to the destination and you may expect the return slip within 15-30 days. As there are not digital tracking system in Bangladesh it is taught to understand when it delivered or when you can expect the acknowledgement slip.

Here is both side of those sleep, you can print these slip as it is to save your time in the post office.

Registered post with acknowledgement due

Registered post with acknowledgement due (front page)

Registered post with acknowledgement due (back page)

Registered post with acknowledgement due (back page)

What type of postal mail can be registered?

All postal mail except for Post Cards can be registered. This includes Letters, Parcels, Journals, Books etc.

Registered Post With AD

Logo of Bangladesh Postal Service

Why do we use Registered Post?

Registered Postal Article details are  Registered into a special register, which ensures the proper delivery of the article. On the other hand, an ordinary post which is dropped in the post box or at the counter of the post office is not registered and there is no proof of delivery available for it.

Can’t we just use private carrier service?

The answer is NO because the government doesn’t think so and no action is permitted to handle these legal issues under any private organization.

Legal Benefit of Registered Post

Under section 27 of General Clauses Act 1897 it said, if any person under any act serve any document by registered post where the proper procedure and processes are maintained, the post shall be deemed to be served in due time.

Meaning of service by post
27. Where any 1[ Act of Parliament] or Regulation made after the commencement of this Act authorizes or requires any document to be served by post, whether the expression “serve” or either of the expressions “give” or “send” or any other expression is used, then, unless a different intention appears, the service shall be deemed to be effected by properly addressing, pre-paying and posting by registered post, a letter containing the document, and, unless the contrary is proved, to have been effected at the time at which the letter would be delivered in the ordinary course of post.

Section 144 of Evidence Act 1872, along with  its illustration (f) shows that The court may think common course of business happened where a document is sent by registered post

Court may presume existence of certain facts

114. The court may presume the existence of any fact which it thinks likely to have happened, regard being had to the common course of natural events, human conduct and public and private business, in their relation to the facts of the particular case.


The Court may presume –

(f) that the common course of business has been followed in particular cases;

In both cases, there are may presumption of law, unless there are proved contrary these provisions are strong support as a legal ground.

Can we send a Registered Letter or Parcel without attaching an acknowledgement?

Yes. If the Letter or Parcel does not bear the words “Acknowledgement Due” or “AD” or indicate that an acknowledgement is required, the letter will be registered but no acknowledgement card will be sent to the sender. Mere registration that it has been delivered will be made in the postal register. Thereafter the sender can pay an additional fee and get a certificate of delivery from the postmaster.

Editors’ Suggestion: Often people come to this article to know how to send a legal notice, here is an article on Legal Notice that can help; Legal Notice format (with complete instruction)

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Rayhanul Islam

Advocate Rayhanul Islam is the founder and Editor in Chief of Law Help BD. He is also a researcher. Critical thinking is his main focus. He is on a quest to bring positive change to the legal sector of Bangladesh. He promotes legal knowledge and human rights concept to the root level. e-mail: [email protected]

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