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New postal service gives advance notice of what is in your mailbox

A new service to the area is now letting you see what's in your mailbox before it even comes. (WCHS/WVAH)

A new service to the area is now letting you see what is in your mailbox before it even comes.

The United States Postal Service's Informed Delivery service is now available in most areas nationwide.

Here is how it works. You enter your zip code on the USPS' Informed Delivery site. If the service is available in your area, you can create an account for free.

There is a camera on the post office's sorting equipment that will take a gray-scale picture of the front of the envelope. The post office will not be opening the letters and taking pictures of what is inside.

You will get an email with the pictures of up to 10 letters you are expected to get later in the day.

USPS spokeswoman Susan Wright said the post office has gotten overwhelmingly positive feedback on this new service.

"Customers just enjoy that convenience,” Wright said. “They like being able to act on and plan for incoming mail such as bill payments, or if they need a digital copy to keep for their records, they will have that."

Wright said customers are used to instant communication, so this feature allows people to know what mail they will be getting anytime and anywhere.

If you want to sign up for Informed Delivery, click here.

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