USPS Packaging Instruction 3C

Flammable Liquid or Gas Lighters

A lighter equipped with an ignition element and containing fuel is classified as a Class 3 flammable liquid. A lighter containing a flammable gas is classed as a Division 2.1 flammable gas. A lighter that contains either flammable liquid or flammable gas is permitted in domestic mail via surface transportation only with prior written approval, provided all the applicable requirements of 343.25 are met.

Proper Shipping Name and ID Number

Required Authorization


Required Packaging

Primary Receptacle
Cushioning Material
Outer Packaging

Note: At the time of the mailer’s first mailing at each Postal Service facility, the mailer must present to that facility a legible photocopy of the PCSC director’s approval letter.