In the beginning it was the registered letter. Then, with the advent of technology, PEC arrived. Much faster, immediate, and to pay for.

Certified Electronic Mail (PEC) is a fundamental tool for those who need, more or less regularly, to send and receive official documents, make electronic invoices and receive them.

Here’s how to send a PEC without paying a lot

This is a sort of “upgrade” of the classic email, since the system that manages it makes it valid for all purposes for legal purposes, both for economic/financial and legal communications. In fact, it is a particular type of email that is sent in the so-called electronic sending “envelope”, which allows you to receive confirmation of both sending and receipt from the recipient.

Naturally, like a registered letter or any certified letter, the PEC is a paid service. But while the former are part of a series of “one-off” services, this service is available (in principle) only by subscription, and it is therefore necessary to subscribe to one in order to take advantage of this type of service.

The "light" PEC and the old traditional sending methods…

Yet, for those who are not usually obliged to send certified documents, or if you are not a company, there are ways to send a certified email completely free of charge. It is well established that it is a paid service, and that you have to pay a subscription to maintain one is also right, since it is like always having a registered letter sending service available at an annual cost that does not even cover the sending of two certified letters by post.

The PEC has replaced the old registered letters AR

But there are still those who really don’t want to know about maintaining a PEC subscription, and want alternative (and free) methods to use this service. The good news is that there are ways to send a PEC without paying for it. The first is not to use this technology but to make use of the classic Registered Mail with Return Receipt, which yes requires a fee but, as we were saying, is simply a one-off cost.

Or, there are other ways to take advantage of this service. One, very simple, is to use someone else’s certified email to send a letter. In fact, it is not necessary for the certified address to belong to the sender, it is enough that the communication states that all letters will be sent and received by certified electronic mail to the address indicated. Or there is the possibility of activating free, or light, PEC services, which offer basic functions for sending certified messages and obviously limited in time and quantity.