Have you ever been away from home, but been waiting for something to get delivered in the mail? Or perhaps you’re concerned about mail theft and wish there was a way to know what mail is scheduled for delivery every day. Well, there is a free and easy way to address this issue — it’s the USPS Informed Delivery Program
What is Informed Delivery?
Informed Delivery is a new service offered by the US Postal Service that allows you to get a preview of your mail via email every day you receive a delivery. The service is completely free. All you need to do is sign-up via the US Postal Service website. The email is sent around 9 AM Eastern Time every morning. The message includes an image of mail that is scheduled for delivery on that day.
Informed Delivery is a great way to preview your upcoming mail. This is especially useful when you’re waiting for something important to be delivered. For example, I had a replacement drivers license that I was waiting to receive earlier this year. Though I was traveling, I noticed that I received a letter from the Department of Motor Vehicles. With mail theft on the rise, it’s useful knowing what to expect in your mailbox and whether items are lost or stolen.
The service is available in most of the US. However, you can search your zip code on the USPS site to see if your specific area is eligible.
Limitations of Informed Delivery
There are few shortcomings with the service:
1. Does not show packages:
As of July 2017, it only works with standard letters. Though the post office is looking to expand the service to packages.
2. Does not distinguish between important and junk mail:
This means that you’ll get scans of your junk mail too.
3. Email has a limit of ten scanned mail pieces:
If you have more than 10 items, you’ll need to log into the US Postal Service website to view them.
4. PO boxes are currently not supported:
The Post Office is working to expand the service soon to cover additional delivery destinations.
Do you use the USPS Informed Delivery service? If so, please share your experience in the comment section below.