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Police-related items policy

To help prevent the impersonation of law enforcement officers, we don't allow certain police-related items to be listed on eBay.

Find out more about our rules and regulations about selling police-related items on eBay.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Are all police items prohibited on eBay?

Generally, we don't allow listings of law enforcement badges, or official law enforcement equipment from any public entity. This also applies to police badges and official equipment from federal, state, or local law enforcement agencies in the US.

However, there are some exceptions. See our complete guidelines below for more information.

Can I list my novelty police costume?

While law enforcement uniforms aren't allowed on eBay, you can list novelty police hats or shirts. You can also list police uniform accessories that are not department issued items such as cuff links and name plates. Read our full policy for further information.

Read our full policy

Police-related items policy overview

With some exceptions, we generally don't allow listings for law enforcement badges or official law enforcement equipment from any public entity. This includes badges issued by the government of any country. This rule also applies to police badges and official equipment from federal, state, or local law enforcement agencies in the US.

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?

Badges and identification

Allowed Allowed
  • Fake, novelty, or clearly unofficial badges such as plastic or cartoon badges
  • School safety patrol badges
 
Not allowed Not allowed
  • Badges from any federal, state or local law enforcement agencies, including historical badges that may resemble a current issue badge
  • Badges issued by foreign governments, including international police badges
  • Badges issued by private security companies
  • Badge patches
  • Credential cases
  • Identification cards or credentials for members of law enforcement
  • Mini TSA badges
  • Movie prop badges
  • Quasi-law enforcement badges such as fire department badges
  • Reproductions of current law enforcement badges, including fake badges that look like current issue police badges – for example, an X-Files FBI badge
  • Special event badges like inauguration badges
 

Emergency vehicles, lighting, and sirens

Allowed Allowed
  • Antique emergency lighting or sirens
  • Aviation beacon lights for aircrafts
  • Emergency lighting for toy or model cars (no color restriction)
  • Industrial or security system emergency lighting
  • Siren speakers
  • Show car lighting (undercarriage) or Knight Rider-style kits
 
Restricted Restricted
  • Actual decommissioned emergency vehicles that don't have current decals or prohibited lighting. Be sure to list these items in the appropriate eBay Motors category
  • Emergency light bars that offer only amber or clear lenses
  • Emergency light bars that offer only amber or clear LEDs
  • Decals for toy or model cars, though the listing has to include a picture of these items that show scale
 
Not allowed Not allowed
  • Fully operational emergency vehicles with lights, sirens, and so on
  • Lighting for emergency vehicles
  • Listings for emergency lighting systems that have black and white or stock images
  • Red, green, or blue lenses used for emergency vehicle lights
  • Red, green, or blue LEDs for emergency vehicles
  • Siren controls or amplifiers for emergency vehicles
  • Specific law enforcement decals
 

Uniforms

Allowed Allowed
  • Novelty hats or shirts even if they say "Police", "Sherriff", or "SWAT"
  • Police uniform accessories that are not department issued items (such as cuff links, name plates, ranks, tie clips, and so on)
  • Shoulder patches for police uniforms or jackets
  • Uniforms and equipment for ambulance services, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), or firefighters
  • Utility belts or belt accessories
 
Restricted Restricted
  • Components of police-style uniforms (such as shirts, pants, ties, and so on) that weren't issued by a law enforcement agency
 
Not allowed Not allowed
  • Military police uniforms or components of those uniforms
  • Official, current- or recent-issue police uniforms or components of those uniforms (such as boots, hats, helmets, jackets, and shirts)
  • Official, current- or recent-issue Canadian military uniforms
  • Raid jackets
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) uniforms or components of those uniforms
  • US or Canadian Customs and Border Protection uniforms or components of those uniforms, including shoulder patches
  • Authentic prison uniforms (costume prison uniforms are allowed)
 

Other items and devices

Allowed Allowed
  • Authorized souvenir items (such as buttons, cuff links, fake badges, hats, money clips, mugs, pens, pins, and t-shirts)
  • COPS decals or novelty items
  • Riot shields
  • Some Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) items are allowed, with the exception of the items listed in the Not allowed section below
  • Thin Blue Line police items
 
Not allowed Not allowed
  • The following Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) items aren't allowed to be listed because they pose a risk to the safety of police officers:
    • Car window shields or decals
    • Emblems or frames for license plates
  • Tear gas
  • Traffic light control devices such as a Mobile Infrared Transmitter (MIRT)
 

Why does eBay have this policy?

eBay, along with federal, state, and international law enforcement organizations, are concerned that people may use a badge or other police-related item to misrepresent themselves as law enforcement officers. To help avoid these situations, we don't allow certain police-related items to be listed on eBay.

Additionally, state and federal laws prohibit unauthorized individuals from having a law enforcement badge. To learn more about laws prohibiting the manufacture, sale, and possession of law enforcement badges, see U.S. Code Title 18 Section 701 - opens in new window or tab.

Before listing a police-related item, be sure to follow our guidelines above.

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