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Use your old stamps before 31 January, or swap them out


After 31 January 2023, regular stamps without a barcode will no longer be valid. You can either use up these stamps before this deadline or swap them for the new barcoded ones.

The stamps that are changing are the stamps (pictured above) that will be very familiar to you. They feature the profile of Her Late Majesty The Queen on a plain coloured background. The barcodes will enable exciting new services by connecting physical stamps to the digital world through the Royal Mail app which you can download here.

Swapping stamps out

Your non-barcoded stamps can be exchanged for the new barcoded version through the Stamp Swap Out scheme. To swap out your stamps, simply complete a Stamp Swap Out form and send it back to the Royal Mail along with your non-barcoded stamps. The step-by-step process for doing this is explained below.

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

If you do not have a printer, we can supply you with a paper form at no cost –just drop by the hub on King Street, Pateley Bridge. Or you can request a Stamp Swap Out form to be posted to you by completing this form online.

You will receive the new, barcode stamps when you take part in the swap out scheme.

Don’t delay! 31st January is not far away!


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