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Royal Mail - Barcoded Stamps

Royal Mail is urging people to use up stamps that do not have a barcode by 31 January, when they will no longer be valid for postage.

It says the deadline in exactly 100 days affects "everyday" stamps featuring the late Queen's profile.

Barcoded stamps were introduced in February to make deliveries more efficient and improve security.

Details of stamp swap scheme

  • Regular 1st and 2nd Class "everyday" stamps - the normal stamps that were available in books of six or 12 - that feature the profile of the late Queen Elizabeth but no unique barcode will no longer be valid from 31 January

  • The new stamps are used in exactly the same way, but show a barcode on them

  • Non-barcoded Christmas and other special stamps with pictures on continue to be valid for postage and should not be submitted for swap out

  • Stamps that have already been used for postage will not be accepted on the swap out scheme.

Further information is available at:

How to get a ‘Stamp Swap Out’ form

If you have a printer, you can swap out up to £200 worth of non-barcoded stamps by printing out and completing this Stamp Swap Out form. You can send this back to us free of charge, along with your stamps, by writing on the envelope Freepost SWAP OUT. No other address details or postcode are needed.

Download PDF • 205KB

If you have a printer, and more than £200 worth of stamps to swap out then use the Bulk Stamp Swap Out form. We recommend sending this and your non-barcoded stamps back to us via a secure service with suitable cover.

Download PDF • 158KB

The address to send to is: Royal Mail Swap Out Tallents House 21 South Gyle Crescent EDINBURGH EH12 9PB

If you don’t have access to a printer you can request a Stamp Swap Out form to be posted to you by completing this form online. The instructions for sending back to us will depend on the form you request.

'Stamp Swap Out' forms are also available from the Customer Service Point at your local Delivery Offices (but please note they will only have the forms for the up to £200 option). Or you can call the Customer Experience Team on 03457 740740.


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