Did you know there’s a way for you to “preview” the mail and packages that USPS is delivering to you, before they even come to your door? This is made possible through a free service the US Postal Service provides, known as Informed Delivery.
Sign up for Informed Delivery to See What USPS Mail and Packages are Coming Before They Arrive
Being able to see what mail and parcels are coming—and when—is a useful tool. It especially comes in handy when you’re expecting things like time-sensitive documents, prescription medicine, checks, or bills (yuck).
If you want the ability to see what USPS mail and packages are on the way to you, all you need to do is sign up for Informed Delivery. It’s totally free, and in our opinion, you’ve got nothing to lose by giving it a shot.
When you sign up, you’ll get emails from USPS which contain images of the front of all letter-sized mail headed your direction.
Does Informed Delivery Catch Everything?
Keep in mind that Informed Delivery doesn’t notify you for every piece of mail that’s coming your way. It only applies to letter-size mail that USPS processes through their automated sorting equipment, as well as packages. You won’t be able to see certain pieces of mail like catalogues or magazines, since these don’t move through the automated USPS equipment. As a result, the Postal Service doesn’t create digital images of those.
Potential customers should also note that Informed Delivery is only available for residential addresses in most ZIP codes across the country, and not for businesses.
Where to Sign Up
To sign up for Informed Delivery and learn more about this free service, visit the Informed Delivery page on the USPS website. You’ll need to create a free USPS account first, provide your address, and then verify your identity. That said, it’s a relatively quick and easy process.
If you’d like some extra help, USPS provides a step-by-step guide to walk you through the sign-up process here.