|Can I Mail Cremated Remains ?|
UPS and FedEx will not accept cremated remains for shipment. Should the question come up, the requirements related to shipping cremated remains by the US Postal Service are as follows:
US Postal Service
452.2 Cremated Remains
Human ashes are permitted to be mailed provided they are packaged as required in 453b. The identity of the contents should be marked on the address side. Mailpieces sent to domestic addresse may be sent via Express Mail or Registered Mail service. Mailpieces sent to an international address must be sent via Registered Mail service, and the country listing in the IMM must show that cremated reamins are permitted and Registered Mail service must be available for that country.
453 Packaging and Marking
b. Powders. Dry materials that could cause damage, discomfort, destruction, or soiling upon escape (leakage) must be packed in siftproof containers or other containers that are sealed in durable siftproof outer containers.
Publication 52, January 2008 Updated With Postal Bulletin Revisions Through December 4, 2008