Have you ever wondered if you can opt to receive only emails instead of physical mail? We don’t blame you. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with physical mail, especially since so much of our lives are on our smartphones now. Unfortunately, we’ve got some less-than-stellar news. Some organizations such as credit card companies will allow you to receive paperless statements, but you can’t entirely receive emails instead of physical mail. However, if you’d like to add a more digital experience to your mailbox, USPS offers a service called Informed Delivery that you need to know about.
Track Packages & Preview Mail with Informed Delivery
If you want to get emails showing the mail and parcels addressed to you, Informed Delivery by USPS is the solution you never knew you needed. With Informed Delivery, you’ll receive notifications to track your packages and preview your letter-sized mail all in one place. When you sign up, you’ll receive email notifications where you can preview letters and packages addressed to you through digital images that USPS captures. This way, you’ll have an idea of what’s headed your way before it winds up in your mailbox.
On top of letting you keep track of mail, signing up for Informed Delivery also lets you track your packages! Also, did we mention that Informed Delivery is 100% free to sign up for?
Informed Delivery Only Applies to Letter-Sized Mail & Packages
The one downside to Informed Delivery is that you won’t be notified of every piece of mail. It only applies to packages and letter-sized mail that the Postal Service processes through its automated sorting equipment. Therefore, you won’t receive notifications for things like catalogs or magazines. This is because USPS doesn’t process these types of mailpieces through its automated equipment, and therefore doesn’t create digital images of them.
How to Sign Up for Informed Delivery from USPS
Signing up for Informed Delivery only takes a few minutes. First, you’ll need to visit the USPS website and create an account (if you don’t have one already). Creating a USPS account also requires you to verify your address. Next, you’ll need to verify your identity. You can either do so online or choose to receive a verification code via First Class Mail that you can enter on the Postal Service’s website once you have it.