Ever wish that you could somehow see what mail pieces will be waiting in your mailbox when you get home? Maybe you’re anxiously awaiting your child’s college acceptance letter or even that traffic ticket you got from one of those oh-so-lovely red light cameras. We’ve always had to wait until the mailman arrives before seeing what mail pieces await us.

Well, now you can actually see your mail before it’s even reached your mailbox! The USPS is launching a free service, Informed Delivery™, which allows residents to see via email what mail pieces will be delivered to their homes that day. How neat is that?

Here’s how it works:

After signing up, Informed Delivery™ will send a daily email with images of the mail thiphone9-21smallat are on their way to your home address each day. The purpose is to give residents (the service is currently not available to businesses) an idea of what will be arriving in their mailboxes. The service is free and you can sign up for it here.

You’ll receive up to 10 mail piece images via email.  If you get more than 10 mail pieces, the additional images can be viewed by logging into the USPS website. The gray scale images will show the front exterior of each letter-sized mail piece along with the sender address.

The free service is currently available to residents in the Maryland, Virginia, D.C. and New York City areas. You can check to see if Informed Delivery is available for your specific zip code. If you don’t live in one of these areas, you can sign up to go on the service’s waiting list.