A U.S. Postal Service letter carrier sorts through mail in the back of his delivery truck.
Photograph by Justin Sullivan via Getty Images
By Michal Addady
December 7, 2015

The United States Postal Service is testing a new feature that sends you an email notifications each morning with pictures of your mail.

Individuals who are registered on My USPS, the postal service’s website, will be alerted every morning, except Sundays, through their digital inbox. It will let them know what mail they will receive that day by sending images of the front side of their unopened letters.

The USPS website states that you can only receive up to ten images per day. If you’re expecting more mail, you can view the rest of the images on your My USPS online dashboard.

The service is only available for residential households, not businesses, and it only allows you to see letter-sized envelopes. You will not be notified about packages, magazines, or catalogs, though the USPS plans to add the latter two at some point in the future.

The agency admitted in 2013 that it had already been photographing letters and packages to help sort mail and comply with criminal investigations. It then began testing this service in 2014 with seven Norther Virginia zip codes, and is now expanding to New York City with plans of growing further next year.


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