99 days left to use up non-barcoded stamps

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There are only 100 days left for you to use any non-barcoded stamps. After 31 January 2023 Definitive stamps will not be valid for postage unless they carry the unique barcode.

Customers are advised that if they cannot use their non-barcoded stamps before the deadline, they should swap them for barcoded ones free of charge. There is no deadline on when you can swap out your stamps, so if you happen to find any after January 31st you can still exchange them for valid ones.

The 100-day countdown to use up existing supplies of Definitive stamps has now begun. Many of us have stamps kept in drawers and wallets, or in a tray on a desk or tucked away on the mantlepiece. With Christmas approaching, now is the perfect time to use them up. If that is not possible, customers are invited to swap them for barcoded stamps of the same value, completely free of charge.

– David Gold, Director External Affairs & Policy, Royal Mail

There are some non-barcoded stamps that can be used after the deadline. Customers can continue to use Special Stamps issued on a theme or to commemorate special events and non-barcoded Christmas stamps, as these will continue to be valid for postage. These cannot be swapped for barcoded stamps.

The unique barcodes now used on stamps can facilitate operational efficiencies, enable the introduction of added security features and pave the way for innovative services for customers.

Mail posted with non-barcoded Definitive stamps after 31 January 2023 will be treated in the same way as if there is insufficient postage on an item. Any item that has insufficient postage may be subject to a surcharge.

3 Responses

  1. Just looking at the form and wondered, are lick & stick stamps classed as self-adhesive or not as I see it says stamps that are not self-adhesive must be stuck to the form?


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