Changes for Priority Mail mean free insurance and tracking

By Mark Bullion

Changes for Priority Mail mean free insurance and tracking

August 19, 2013 Updated Aug 19, 2013 at 4:33 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- If you've been to the post office lately, you may have noticed some changes in the way some of your mail is sent.

The U.S. Postal Service now offers free tracking and insurance for its Priority Mail service.

While prices have not changed, the boxes and envelopes have with a fresh look.

Customer Relations Coordinator Rebecca Brummitt says over the past couple of years, Priority Mail service has increased.

Officials say this is just another way to keep customers coming back, especially since the Postal Service is facing difficult financial times.

"Our increase has been like 41 percent with our package service and we anticipate that to grow even more over the next several years," said Brummitt.

The changes went into effect July 29th.

The new boxes and envelopes will be available once inventory of the old ones have been used.