Bedding and Upholstery / Stuffed Toy
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is required to submit an application for a Bedding and Upholstery registration number in PA?
How long does it take to have a registration number assigned?
Do I need to send a sample of my product along with the application?
Where can I obtain the law labels that are required to be attached to my articles?
I am in another state and already have a registration number for my law labels. Will Pennsylvania recognize that number?
I have a UT issued Sterilization Permit number. Will Pennsylvania recognize that number?
How do I obtain information on registering my PA Registration number in other states with a Bedding law?
What are the requirements for selling second-hand articles?
Can an importer register on behalf of a foreign manufacturer?
How do I obtain a copy of my certificate/current invoice?
What forms of payment does the Bedding and Upholstery Division accept?
Where can I get a copy of the Law and Regulations?
1. Who is required to submit an application for a bedding and upholstery registration number in PA?
Any persons, partnerships, companies, corporations, or associations that manufacture, offer for sale or lease, or have in his/her possession with intent to sell, auction, or include in a sale, lease or auction, any new or secondhand article or material must be registered in PA. This includes companies who are located outside of PA that sell or lease/rent their product in the State of PA, either to a retailer or directly to a consumer.
2. How long does it take to have a registration number assigned?
Normal processing time is within two weeks of our office receiving a completed application; however, that is dependent on the volume of applications received, as all applications are processed in the order of their receipt.
3. Do I need to send a sample of my product along with the application?
A sample is required if you are applying for registration under the Stuffed Toy Law. The sample submitted must have been made by the manufacturing facility listed on the application and be a true representation of the finished product. No sample is required if you are registering a product under Pennsylvania's Bedding and Upholstery Law.
4. Where can I obtain law labels and what are pennsylvania's labeling requirements?
PA Bedding and Upholstery: A sample law label will be e-mailed/mailed along with your Certificate of Registration. You will need to contact a printer who specializes in law labels to have them made. We recommend you contact the other states that require registration so that you are in compliance with their law label. View the Pennsylvania Regulations regarding labeling requirements for Bedding and Upholstery.
PA Stuffed Toys: The only requirements for a PA Stuffed Toy law label are the statement "All New Material" and the PA Registration number issued to you per Stuffed Toy Regulation 47.315. We recommend you contact the other states that require registration, so that you are in compliance with their law label requirements as well.
5. I am in another state and already have a registration number for my law labels. Will Pennsylvania recognize that number?
PA Bedding and Upholstery: Pennsylvania is reciprocal with other States who issue the Uniform Registry Number (URN): when a completed application is submitted, PA will accept a registration number issued by another state for bedding and upholstery articles. The registration number begins with the two-letter state abbreviation of the issuing state. A two-letter abbreviation for the state or country in which the factory is physically located will follow. Example: UT-#### (TX) - In this example, Utah issued the registration number for a manufacturing facility located in Texas.
PA Stuffed Toys: Pennsylvania does not recognize stuffed toy registrations from any other state. All PA Stuffed Toy Registrations will begin with the two-letter abbreviation "PA", will be followed by a string of numbers and will end with a two-letter abbreviation for the state or country in which the factory is physically located.
6. I have a UT issued Sterilization Permit number. Will Pennsylvania recognize that number?
Pennsylvania is reciprocal with Utah’s Sterilization Permit numbers. In order for PA to accept a UT issued sterilization permit number, the following must be submitted for review:
- A completed PA Sterilization Permit Application form and fee
- A copy of the UT Sterilization Permit Certificate
- A copy of the UT Sterilization Inspection Report
- A copy of the Inspection’s test results
7. How do I obtain information on registering my PA Registration number in other states with a Bedding or Stuffed Toy law?
If you will be selling your bedding or upholstered or stuffed toy products in a state other than PA, please visit the website for the International Association of Bedding and Furniture Law Officials for the other states’ contact information: http://iabflo.org/
8. What are the requirements for selling second-hand articles?
Secondhand articles include any bedding or upholstered item that contains a filling material. This would include items that you can sit on, recline on, lay on, or cover up with. This does not include stuffed toys, clothing, or linens. All second-hand dealers, auctioneers, renovators and rental stores must be registered to sell secondhand articles. In addition, all articles of bedding and upholstered furniture must be disinfected using an approved disinfectant (currently Steri-Fab or Microban) and must have attached to them a yellow law tag (made of Tyvek, Valeron, or Mohawk Synthetic Premium Polyester). The tag must state the registration and permit number of the individual/business who performed the disinfecting.
9. Can an importer register on behalf of a foreign manufacturer?
The Department allows importers to register jointly with a foreign manufacturer; however, they must do so for each individual manufacturing facility from whom they wish to purchase items. When applying in this manner, the manufacturer linked to the registration number is only permitted to apply the registration number to items made for that specific importer. The other option for an “importer” is to help a manufacturing facility obtain its own registration number. In this case, the manufacturer owns the number themselves and can apply the registration number to items they make for anyone.
10. How do I obtain a copy of my certificate/current invoice?
In order to obtain a copy of the certificate/current invoice that has already been mailed to you, please send a written request for a duplicate to the Bedding and Upholstery Division (address listed below) along with a check or money order for the applicable fee. Click here for the fee schedule.
11. What forms of payment does the Bedding and Upholstery Division accept?
Payment must be in the form of a money order or a US funded check. The check must be drawn off of a US bank branch. Foreign checks, cash, credit cards, and electronic transfers are NOT acceptable forms of payment. The fee schedule is available here.
12. Where can I get a copy of the Law and Regulations?
You may find an electronic copy of the Law and Regulations by clicking on the following links:
You may also request a paper copy of the Law and Regulations for Bedding and Upholstery or Stuffed Toys by contacting the Division of Bedding and Upholstery at:
Department of Labor & Industry
Division of Bedding and Upholstery
651 Boas Street, Room 1606
Harrisburg, PA 17121
Telephone: (717) 787-6848
Fax: (717) 787-6925