Effective December 26, 2013, the United States Postal Service (USPS) revised its policy pertaining to the shipment of cremated remains.
Cremated remains may no longer be sent domestically or internationally via Registered Mail Service. Priority Mail Express is the only option for sending cremated remains via the USPS.
NFDA is working with the USPS to obtain additional details about this change in policy.
According to the USPS Postal Explorer: Effective December 26, 2013, the Postal Service™ is revising Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) 601.12 to require mailers to use only Priority Mail Express™ service when shipping cremated remains. The Postal Service will no longer authorize cremated remains to be sent using Registered Mail™ service. Although these revisions will not be published in the DMM until January 26, 2014, these standards are effective immediately.