What is USPS Informed Delivery?

A convenient service that lets you know what you'll receive in the next few days.

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USPS Informed Delivery is a free, convenient service that allows you to receive an email notification before your mail/package delivery.

You can preview your mail through the email, and while only the appearance will be displayed, the service still gives you better control over when you can expect your mail.

Informed Delivery also allows you to perform limited actions, such as receiving USPS tracking updates on packages, providing delivery instructions, scheduling redeliveries, and managing notifications. 

How does USPS Informed Delivery work?

Before your letter is delivered, USPS will scan the front of the letter as it is extracted through the automated letter sorter, and these images will be sent to you as an email notification. 

Once registered for Informed Delivery, you will need to add a valid email address to receive updates. In addition, you can preview up to 10 letters in USPS's daily notification. 

The automated scanner does not image certain letter items, such as magazines and periodicals. Therefore, if these categories are detected and scanned, you will receive a message that reads, "A piece of mail that we do not have an image for is included in today's mail."

Why should you use Informed Delivery?

If you travel a lot or frequently receive misdirected packages, Informed Delivery will help you understand what is coming in the mail. 

When you are unable to receive, but Informed Delivery supports online management of your letters and packages, you can leave delivery instructions or reschedule delivery. 

How to register for Informed Delivery?

The USPS has a complete guide that will guide you through the process of registering for Informed Delivery, or you can go directly to the USPS Informed Delivery page and click on Free Registration, which requires some preparation before you can register:

  1. You must have a residential address or rent a USPS PO Box for personal use.
  2. Your address and zip code must qualify for USPS notification delivery.
  3. You must complete the identity verification process.


Informed Delivery is a convenient and secure service that allows you to know what you'll receive in the next few days before you open your mail or package, and it can save you time on inquiries.

If you also want to save on shipping costs and simplify the entire shipping process, then using ShipSaving to simplify USPS shipping is a great option.

ShipSaving will help you determine the cheapest way to ship USPS while considering different factors and customizing your shipment professionally based on package type, weight, service limitations, and speed.

Save shipping costs on your next shipment by creating a free ShipSaving account.

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