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Government items policy

Government, transit or shipping company property is not allowed.

This policy was updated on 18 December 2023. Our policy guidelines have not changed, but the information about activity that doesn't follow this policy has been updated for clarity.

The sale of transit or shipping company property or government-issued documentation or identification cards is restricted or prohibited on eBay.

What is the policy?

The following or similar items are not allowed:

  • Government, private transit, or shipping company uniforms and accessories such as hats, pins and scarves
    • Vintage or collectible uniforms and accessories may be listed if they meet all these requirements:
      • The item is 10 years old or older
      • It's no longer in use
      • It doesn't look like a current uniform or accessory
  • Government, transit or shipping company property such as vehicles, licence plates, keys for vehicles, mail bags, company decals and transit documents
  • Fake documents, government-issued documents or official certificates or diplomas
  • Government-issued IDs, passports, birth certificates or licence plates
    • Collectable licence plates are allowed as long as they are expired and at least 3 years old or as allowed by law
  • Government-issued medals and certificates for medals
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) plates or rivets
  • Signs or other items indicating use by a rideshare driver or delivery person

Activity on eBay is required to follow this policy, the eBay User Agreement and all applicable laws, as well as respect the rights of third parties. If it doesn't, eBay may take action consistent with applicable laws and the eBay User Agreement, and may even be legally required to do so. Such actions may include, as an example only: Removing the listing or other content, issuing a warning, restricting activity or account suspension.

Visit Seller Help - opens in new window or tab to find details of any policy issues with your account or listings, and get the information you need to quickly resolve them.

Why does eBay have this policy?

This policy helps ensure that important government regulations are followed.

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