I was wondering if it is legal to put business advertisement materials in someone's mailbox? How about putting flyers on someone's car?
You should not put anything into anybody's mailbox. It is better to use door hangers. Putting flyers on cars is very location specific. You have to check the local city or county ordinances in the area you want to place the flyers. Also some businesses will not allow it even without an ordinance.
Only the Post Office can legally put anything into a mailbox. You should check with your city to see if they have an ordinance prohibiting putting flyers on cars. Also certain places such as malls which are private property may also prohibit putting flyers on cars. So you have to check.
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It violates federal law to do that..............................
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Usually you can put something on a windshield or a door as long as you are not trespassing and the county or city you are in do not have specific rules precluding same.
Check your local/city websites and look for things concerning a handbill license/permit. It should describe where you can put things. And there may also be a list of people who have said they don't want to receive those flyers---distributing your materials without the license, I'm told, could subject you to hefty fees where the license is required (no one would tell me the exact amount except that it was A LOT). Smilarly fines for handing out to those who are placed on the list asking not to be solicited. Here the permit/license is only $35 per year...
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