If yourhasn’t arrived by in your bank account by this point, don’t expect it to now. Rather, you should look for your to as a paper check or — but do first (there are more-stringent this time, leaving out some people). We’ll explain what to look for in the mail and .
Once you know your check is on the way, keep a close eye on your mailbox. (may get their money a different way.) One thing to know is the loosens , so . Here’s how to .
If you’re absolutelyand still haven’t received your , we’ll let you in on how to determine . In fact, you can use and the US Postal Service together to track your stimulus payment right to your mailbox. We’ll walk you through how to do it. (By the way, here’s what we know so far about a , and here’s more info about and .) This story has been updated.
Get my status: Use this IRS Get My Payment tool to track your payment (sign up details below)
The IRS has its own, which contains information about , when your money will arrive and how, and if there’s been an error processing your payment. The IRS tool is called Get My Payment, and it can be useful if you’re not sure if you’re actually eligible — or if you just want to make sure the IRS knows you are.
A downside tois that it doesn’t give you an exact date, however, for when to expect your funds to arrive at your doorstep. That’s where a free USPS service comes in. Since all stimulus checks will be arriving via snail mail after March 24, a service called Informed Delivery will be the next step for tracking your stimulus check. Read on for how to use the USPS service to monitor your payment’s arrival in the mail. And here’s how to .
What will a valid mailed stimulus check look like?
According to the IRS, paper checks will be in a white envelope from the US Department of the Treasury and will be labeled as an Economic Impact Payment in the memo field.
What does a prepaid EIP debit card look like in the mail?
will also come in a white envelope with a seal from the Department of the Treasury. Inside is a Visa card with the issuing bank listed as MetaBank, N.A. — that information is displayed on the back. There’ll be literature included with the card that’ll explain it’s an Economic Impact Payment.
The USPS Informed Delivery service takes tracking one step further
Informed Delivery is a free mail-tracking service from the USPS that automatically scans your letters and can alert you with an image each time a letter with your name on it is about to be delivered — such as your third stimulus payment.
When the USPS runs mailed letters through its automated mail sorting equipment, it automatically creates a digital image of the front of all letter-size mail. Anyone who signs up for Informed Delivery can access the information by asking the USPS to notify you when each piece of mail with your name on it is on the way. Note that it can take three days to activate your account.
As part of the program, you’ll receive an email each morning, Monday through Saturday, to notify you of any mail being delivered to you. You’ll also see a grayscale image of the front of the letter. Informed Delivery has free apps for Android and iPhone you can also use.
Just be aware that signing up means you’ll see all your mail that’s scanned by the post office, not just your stimulus check. You can cancel the service at any time.
Sign up for Informed Delivery to track your stimulus payment until it arrives in your mailbox
Informed Delivery has some limitations. For example, it will work with many residential and personal post office box addresses but not businesses. It also won’t work for some residential buildings where the postal service hasn’t yet identified each unit.
To check whether Informed Delivery is available in your area, head to the Postal Service’s Informed Delivery page.
1. Tap Sign Up for Free.
2. Enter your mailing address and confirm it’ll work with the service; then accept the terms and conditions and tap Continue.
3. On the next page, choose your username, password and security questions. Then, enter your contact information and tap Continue.
4. On the next page, you’ll need to verify your identity. Tap Verify identity online if you want to receive a verification code on your phone or tap Request invitation code by mail if you want USPS to mail you a code. You may also have the option to visit a post office to verify your identity in person.
For more details, here’s how to, everything you need to know about the and in your bank account. Here are three ways the , and all the .