Mailing certain items is restricted or illegal in Texas for safety, legal, and regulatory reasons. Although the list can vary based on context and regulation updates, here is a specific list of 12 items commonly prohibited or restricted from being mailed.


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  • Perishable Foods
    While not illegal, mailing perishable foods requires adherence to specific guidelines to ensure they do not spoil during transit.
  • Ammunition, Explosives, and Fireworks
    Sending ammunition, explosives, and fireworks through the mail is illegal due to their dangerous nature.
  • Sharp Objects
    Sharp objects that are not properly packaged are restricted due to the risk they pose to postal workers and recipients.
  • Air Bags
    Airbags can deploy and are considered hazardous material.
  • Alcohol
    Mailing alcohol is prohibited under USPS regulations due to state and federal laws regarding its distribution.
  • Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco
    There are strict federal laws and regulations regarding the mailing of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.
  • Controlled Substances
    This includes illegal drugs and prescription medications without proper documentation and adherence to specific mailing guidelines.
  • Firearms
    Firearms can only be mailed under very specific conditions and generally require the sender to be a licensed dealer or manufacturer.
  • Flammable Items
    This includes matches, lighter fluid, and certain types of batteries. Restrictions are based on the potential fire hazard.
  • Hazardous Materials
    This broad category includes chemicals, poisons, and certain types of paints and batteries.
  • Plants and Seeds
    Restrictions on mailing plants and seeds are often due to agricultural regulations to prevent the spread of pests and diseases.
  • Lottery Tickets
    There are federal and state laws regulating the distribution and sale of lottery tickets, including restrictions on mailing.


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