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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Should You Sign Up for USPS Informed Delivery?

So, in the past I've posted about stopping unwanted junk mail with Catalog Choice and reminding folks that it is okay to unsubscribe from mailing lists, especially after a contest is over. Here's a situation where I'm actually suggesting you subscribe to a daily email... and it has been going on since last April (2017).

Ever since the anthrax scares of 2001, the US government has been scanning all your letter-sized mail pieces. Did you know that you can get a daily email of the scans for your address? The US Postal Service (USPS) calls it Informed Delivery.
Once you sign up for Informed Delivery, every day that there is mail service, you'll get an email of the grey scale scans of the address side of your letter-sized mail. Magazines, catalogs, and other larger pieces like grocery store circulars will typically not be scanned.

I only recently signed up for this and it is still a bit of a novelty to me. I recommend giving it a try. Typically, you get the mail scanned the same day it is delivered. However, their FAQ says it could come up to a week after the scan. All of mine have been same day.

If you're going to receive a package at your home, you'll see a tracking number but not a scan. You can track the package and/or provide delivery instructions, including scheduling a redelivery.

Informed Delivery  is only available for residential delivery and not businesses, and it is not available for all zip codes. If you do sign up, you must verify your identity online before the emails start. This is done by verifying information in your credit report. I don't recall giving my social. It looks like they look you up by address I guess. The other thing to be aware of is the special handling that happens when you move. Check their FAQ for specifics and be sure to submit an official change of address form to ensure you get the notifications for YOUR mail only.

Definitely worth a look...

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  1. I didn't know a lot of this. Thanks.

  2. I love this service. I was already able to report mail that it turned out had been delivered to the wrong address. It is so helpful to know when important mail is on the way.