Why You CAN'T Buy Postal Uniforms on Amazon & eBay
Even though you may search and find postal uniforms (or some iteration of) for sale on Amazon & eBay. They may seem tempting to purchase, maybe because they're used & cheaper, maybe because they have a particular item in your size, or maybe because you're run out of allotment on your uniform allowance purchase card and you just want another bulky knit cardigan. But, you actually aren't authorized to purchase postal uniforms on those sites.
If you're a CCA however, you'll want to check out our guide on how to use your CCA voucher to buy specific uniforms, since you aren't required to wear a uniform during your first 90 days worked.
1) Only authorized manufacturers are allowed to manufacturer postal uniforms.
They're always made to certain specifications, like specific fabrics, colors, and official USPS logos/patches in certain alignments and sewed on certain places. Any "postal uniform" items (mostly t-shirts and hats) that you see on Amazon were likely made by unauthorized 3rd parties.
2) Only authorized uniform stores (like us at PostalVendor.com) are authorized to carry and sell postal uniforms.
We're granted a license by the USPS Uniform Program (our license # is 24601) and we follow strict procedures and guidelines in order to sell postal uniforms to eligible postal employees. For example, only certain employees can purchase certain types of uniforms, and you'll need to provide a valid Uniform Allowance Purchase Card (UAPC) for every purchase you make, whether it's online or in-store. Make sure you read our complete guide on buying postal uniforms.
3) You won't be able to use your UAPC.
Since Amazon & eBay, and sellers on it, are not authorized postal uniform vendors, the USPS won't allow your UAPC to be used for a transaction. You also can't provide your UAPC information, which is how postal uniform vendors identify an eligible postal employee.
4) There shouldn't be any postal uniforms on those sites.
All USPS insignia and markings should be destroyed after the postal uniforms have seen their complete usage. It's a federal crime 18 U.S. Code § 1730 for anyone who isn't an authorized postal employee to purchase and wear postal uniforms, since it becomes a public safety issue.
So where can I buy postal uniforms?
Well, you're already here! PostalVendor.com is an officially licensed postal uniform vendor (license # 24601). We accept purchases made with your uniform allowance purchase card, CCA vouchers, and personal credit/debit cards (provided you provide us with a valid UAPC at checkout). You can also find a full list of licensed postal uniform vendors right here, at USPS LiteBlue.