Many people use the flag of the mailbox to hang advertising. I’m sure you’ve gotten marketing materials, especially pizza flyers, hanging on the flag of your mailbox. Did you know that’s illegal? If you plan to advertise this way, beware!
According to the USPS, “No part of a mail receptacle may be used to deliver any matter not bearing postage, including items or matter placed upon, supported by, attached to, hung from, or inserted into a mail receptacle.”
The article goes on to say that, “anyone knowingly and willfully depositing any mailable matter (in this way) is subject to a fine of no more than $300 for each offense.”
Postal regulation 3.1.3 Use for Mail
“Except under 3.2.11, Newspaper Receptacle, the receptacles described in 3.1.1 may be used only for matter bearing postage. Any mailable matter not bearing postage and found as described above is subject to the same postage as would be paid if it were carried by mail.”
You can read the entire regulation in the Domestic Mail Manual 508 3.1.3 Use for Mail.
It’s not only illegal, it’s federal illegal. It’s considered tampering with a mailbox. If someone catches you anywhere near their mailbox for whatever reason you may find yourself in a federal investigation. Tampering with mail can be a three year sentence and a $50,000.00 fine!
What do you consider a better alternative?