Is someone stealing your mail? There’s a new way to find out

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If you’ve ever had problems with your USPS mail delivery, there’s a new program that could make your life a lot easier — and it won’t cost you a penny!

With Informed Delivery, you can see your mail before even walking to the mailbox.

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Stolen, lost or hidden mail? This program is for you!

USPS already takes photos of letter-sized mail as it’s scanned at processing facilities, but now the postal service is sharing those photos with you.

Users who opt-in will receive daily emails with scans of mail that will be delivered that day.

Participation has been expanded to most ZIP codes in the U.S., and I began receiving scans of my mail the day after I signed up for Informed Delivery in March.

USPS Informed Delivery example

Why would anyone want this service? Here are a few possibilities:

  • Know in advance about important mail
  • Monitor incoming mail while traveling
  • Confirm suspicions that someone is stealing your mail
  • Make sure that no mail is missing or lost
  • Guarantees everyone in the family sees the mail

It’s not uncommon for my mail carrier to arrive after 5 p.m., so this service is a great way for me to know what’s coming before 9 a.m., when the email is typically sent.

Users can expect to receive emails Monday through Saturday, federal holidays excluded.


You’ll need a account to sign up for Informed Delivery. Visit to learn more about the program.

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