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Government, transit, and shipping-related items policy

For public safety and security reasons, we don't allow the listing of most government, mass transit, and shipping-related items – such as uniforms and internal documents – on eBay. However, there are a few exceptions. Please see our full policy guidelines below for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Can I list a vintage uniform?

Most vintage clothing or uniforms from transit or shipping companies – including accessories like bags, hats and ties – can be listed, as long as the seller meets all of the following conditions:

  • The item is 10 years old or older
  • It's no longer used by any transportation company
  • It doesn't look like current uniforms or accessories

If your vintage uniform doesn't meet all those requirements you won't be able to list it.

Read our full policy

Government, transit, and shipping-related items policy overview

To support the government and the transit industry's efforts in ensuring public safety, we don't allow selling of most government, mass transit, and shipping-related items, including uniforms and internal documents. Please understand that there are also federal regulations either banning or restricting the sale of these items.

There are a few items, though, that can be sold on eBay. See our guidelines below for more details.

Make sure your listing follows these guidelines. If it doesn't, it may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including restrictions of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.

What are the guidelines?

Transit documents

Not allowed Not allowed
  • Blueprints or schematics of airports, subway systems, or train stations
  • Classified or restricted government documents (see also our government documents, IDs, and licenses policy)
  • Design plans of commercial airlines or plane engines
  • Internal, not-for-public documents, manuals, and other materials from companies that provide public transportation, including airlines, buses, ferries, subways, and trains
 

Uniforms

See also our police-related items policy.

Allowed Allowed
  • Halloween costumes designed to look like mail carriers (a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) outfit, for example)
  • Promotional merchandise bearing the logo of a shipping company like Federal Express (FedEx), DHL, or United Parcel Service (UPS)
Restricted Restricted
  • Most vintage transit or shipping company uniforms and accessories like bags, hats, and ties can be listed, as long as the seller meets all of the following conditions:
    • The item is 10 years old or older
    • It's no longer used by any transportation company
    • It doesn't look like current uniforms or accessories
  • Vintage U.S. Post Office Department items, as long as they don't look like current postal mailbags, uniforms, and so on
Not allowed Not allowed
  • Current airline uniforms and related items, including:
    • Flight attendant, pilot, or other flight crew uniforms
    • Baggage attendant gate agent, and other ground crew uniforms
    • Uniform components like badges, wings, and other accessories
  • Current public transportation uniforms and accessories like hats, pins, scarves, and ties. This covers items from any company that provides public transportation, including buses, ferries, subways, and trains
  • Government uniforms and accessories, including badges, hats, and patches. This covers items from the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) - opens in new window or tab and the U.S. Senate
  • New York City Transit (NYCT) - opens in new window or tab uniforms and accessories like badges, hats, patches, and pins, regardless of how old they are
  • Shipping company uniforms, including those from DHL, Federal Express (FedEx), and United Parcel Service (UPS)
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA) uniforms, and accessories like badges (see also our police-related items policy)
  • U.S. Postal Service (USPS) uniforms, including badges. This applies to old USPS items
 

Other items

Allowed Allowed
  • Collectible Transit Authority novelty items like maps, posters, tokens, and other items that are generally available to the public
Restricted Restricted
  • New York City Metro cards are allowed as long as they are expired (the expiration date must be clearly stated in the listing)
Not allowed Not allowed
  • Items with the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certified emblem - opens in new window or tab, such as patches and signage
  • Keys, locks, tools, or anything (regardless of how old the item is) that can control transit vehicles. Examples include railway switch keys or switch lock keys
  • Shipping company decals, logos, or delivery vehicles like those from Federal Express (FedEx), DHL, or United Parcel Service (UPS)
  • U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mailbags, mail bins, and delivery vehicles
  • Valid New York City Metro cards
  • Library of Congress National Library of Service record players, cassette players, digital talking book machines and accessories labeled with the Library of Congress National Library of Service logo
  • Voting machines

Why does eBay have this policy?

There are strict federal regulations banning or restricting the sale of government, transit, and shipping-related items. Along with buyers and sellers on eBay, we have to comply with those regulations. So most of these items can't be listed on eBay.

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