USPS Informed Delivery | Monitor Your Mail While Away From Home & Traveling

Hi there, it’s Ernest from Trip Astute. In
this video, we’re discussing a new US Postal Service feature called Informed
Delivery, which allows you to preview your mail before it’s delivered. (light chiming music) Have you ever been away from home and waiting for something to get delivered in the mail? Or perhaps you’re concerned about mail theft and wish there was away to know what mail is scheduled for delivery every day? Well, in this video,
we’re gonna show you an easy and free way to solve this problem. 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 and just requires that you sign up via the US Postal
Service website. I’ll include a link in the video description. The email is sent
around 9 a.m. Eastern time every morning, and includes an image of the front of
your mail that is scheduled for delivery on that day. It’s a great way to get a
preview of what is coming in the mail, and is especially useful when you’re
waiting for something important to be delivered. For example, I had a
replacement driver’s license that I was waiting to receive earlier this year, and
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 great knowing what to expect
in your mailbox every day and whether your mail is lost or stolen. The service
is available in most of the US. However, you can search your zip code on the US
Postal Service website to see if your specific area is eligible. There are a
few shortcomings with the service. As of July 2017, it only works with standard
letters, but the post office is looking to expand the service to other pieces of
mail. Also, the system does not distinguish between important and junk
mail, so you will get scans of advertisements. The email has a limit of
10 scanned mail pieces. So, if you have more than 10 items, you will need to log
into the US Postal Service website to view them. Lastly, P.O. Boxes are
currently not supported. However, the post office is working to expand the service
soon. And that’s our tip for this video. Please let us know if you are already
using the Informed Delivery service. Also, if you have any questions,
leave them in the comment section below. If you enjoyed this video or found it
useful, please hit the “like” button and consider subscribing. Also, check out our
Travel Tips playlist for more videos like this one. Until next time, travel
safe and travel smart.

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