PS Form 1500, February 2009 (Reverse of Page 1) PSN 7530-03-000-7374
If you are offended by receiving unwanted sexually oriented advertising in your mail, or are concerned about your minor
children being exposed to such advertising, there are two programs you can use to help protect yourself and your children.
Application for Prohibitory Order
Under the Pandering Advertisements Statute, 39 USC 3008, if you are the addressee of an advertisement, and consider the
matter (product or service) that it offers for sale to be "erotically arousing or sexually provocative," you can obtain a
Prohibitory Order against the mailer. You apply for the order by submitting the entire advertising mailpiece (the original, NOT
a photocopy) with a properly completed application (page 2 of this form). Please note: Even if there is an offer to sell a
product or service stated on the exterior of the mailpiece, if the piece has a sealed envelope, cover, or wrapper, please be
sure it is opened before you submit your application.
Minor children who has not attained the age of 19 years and residing with you may be included in the application. If the
addressee is a minor, you may apply for an order in your minor child's name. If the addressee is a deceased person whose
mail you are entitled to receive, you may apply for an order in the deceased's name. The order directs the mailer to make no
mailings whatsoever to anyone named in the order, effective on the 30th calendar day after the mailer receives it.
Application for Listing
Under the Sexually Oriented Advertisements Statute, 39 USC 3010, the Postal Service™ maintains a list of persons who
have informed us they do not wish to receive sexually oriented advertisements in their mail. When informing us, such
persons may also have their minor children who has not attained the age of 19 years, who are residing with them or are
under their care, custody, or supervision, included on the list. The statute defines the term "sexually oriented advertisement"
essentially as an advertisement depicting or explicitly describing human genitalia, sexual intercourse, sadistic or masochistic
acts, or related erotic subjects, and prohibits mailing such an advertisement to those whose names and addresses have
been on the list for more than 30 days.
You can be listed by filing a completed application (page 2 of this form). Because being added to the list does not depend on
having received a sexually oriented advertisement, do not submit mailpieces with your completed application. If you wish to
have a listing for more than one address, you must complete a separate application for each address. The list is provided to
mailers that subscribe to the USPS Prohibitory Order Listing service in an effort to have your name removed from their
mailing lists. However, it does not guarantee the removal of your name and address from all mailing lists.
Submitting Your Application
Submit completed applications to obtain the protection offered by one or both of these statutes to any Post Office™. When
your application has been processed, we will notify you of the effective date of your protected status and how to report any
Your obtaining the protection offered through these two programs makes sending prohibited mail to you unlawful. However,
it does not make such mailings physically impossible. If you receive an apparently violative mailpiece, contact your Post
Office or refer to your notification letter for instructions on submitting the piece as evidence for possible enforcement action.
Please contact any Post Office if, after reading these instructions, you still have questions about applying for the protection
offered by 39 USC 3008 and 39 USC 3010.
Privacy Act Statement
Postal Service Programs for Protection Against Unwanted Sexually Oriented Mail
Your information will be used to maintain a list of addressees that do not want sexually oriented advertising material mailed to
them, available for mailers to comply with statutory requirements; and to maintain records as necessary to provide protections
requested by an addressee against individual mailers under the Pandering Advertisement statutes. Collection is authorized by
39 USC 401, 403, 404, 3008, 3010, and 3403. Providing the information is voluntary, but if not provided, we may not process
your request. We do not disclose your information to third parties without your consent, except to facilitate the transaction, to
act on your behalf or request, or as legally required. This includes the following limited circumstances: to a congressional
office on your behalf; to financial entities regarding financial transaction issues; to a USPS® auditor; to entities, including law
enforcement, as required by law or in legal proceedings; and to contractors and other entities aiding us to fulfill the service