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Tracking your stimulus check in the mail

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Posted at 5:00 AM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 08:17:03-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Stimulus checks continue to be sent through the mail, a process expected to last into June.

The "Get My Payment" portal on the IRS website is one option for tracking the status of a check, but glitches have plagued the system.

For paper checks traveling in the mail, CNET suggests another option.

"Informed Delivery" is a program through the United States Postal Service that allows users to track incoming mail.

When the postal service runs mail through its sorting equipment, a digital image is captured. Through Informed Delivery, the USPS will send an email with pictures of letter-sized mail arriving soon.

Setting the service up is free and easy. Just follow these steps:

  1. Enter your address to see if you're eligible for Informed Delivery.
  2. Create a USPS.com account.
  3. Follow instructions to verify your identity.
  4. Begin receiving notifications.

According to the USPS, activation time can vary, but you should start receiving notifications about your incoming mail within three days.

It's important to remember Informed Delivery can only track payments once they've been placed in the mail.