Government documents, IDs, and licenses policy
To prevent false identities, comply with the law, and help ensure public safety, we don't allow government identification cards, such as driver's licenses and passports, to be offered for sale on eBay.
Federal regulations also prohibit the sale of classified government documents (internal paperwork that are not for public use) and certain types of government-issued medals, so such items can't be sold on eBay. For more examples of government-related items that aren't allowed, see the guidelines below.
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?
Antique (generally more than 100 years old) government documents such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, and ship captain's licenses
Expired U.S. passports that were issued more than 20 years prior to the date of the sale
Services for obtaining a license
Collectible vehicle license plates that are at least 3 years old. Sellers need to clearly state the plate's age in their listing description.
Novelty certificates, as long as the listing specifies that it's a novelty item
AutoCheck or Carfax reports
Birth certificates or a completed applications for a birth certificate
Classified or restricted government documents
Current vehicle license plates and plates that look like current license plates
Documents that are designed to look like official documents but are actually fake
Driver's licenses or completed applications for a driver's license
Fake certificates or diplomas
Fake IDs such as licenses or passports
Government vehicle license plates
Government-issued medals and certificates for medals, including the Air Force Cross, Congressional Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Purple Heart, or Silver Star. This also applies to a medal's associated buttons, ribbons, or rosettes.
Items that are used to create or modify IDs, government documents, licenses, or plates
Passports or a completed application for a passport
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) plates
Vehicle titles or vehicle title stocks (although a vehicle title that's being sold with a vehicle is OK)
Why does eBay have this policy?
To comply with all laws and regulations, the sale of government documents, IDs, and licenses is prohibited on eBay. Please understand that our rules are also intended to help prevent false identities. Be sure to follow our guidelines.