Royal Mail stamp exchange: When do old stamps expire?

Date:


Britain will soon be swapping out red, blue and gold stamps for brand new purple and green stamps. Royal Mail said the move is due to a “modernisation drive” and that barcoded stamps will allow for added security features and will facilitate operational efficiency.

What stamps are changing?

Old ‘definitive’ stamps, such as gold, red and blue stamps, will all be changing.

The stamps will largely look the same, with the Queen’s profile, first introduced in 1967, still being used – but the colours will be changed, and bar codes will be added.

First-class stamps will become purple, second-class stamps will be green, large first-class stamps will be blue, and large second-class stamps will be dark blue/teal.

The barcodes match the stamp colour and are positioned alongside the Queen’s head, separated by a perforation line.

READ MORE: Royal Mail hike up First Class stamp prices by 12 percent – ‘rip off’

When will old stamps expire?

You still have plenty of time to use up all your old stamps, as Royal Mail has confirmed they will still be valid for use until January 31, 2023.

Royal Mail has also confirmed Special Stamps with pictures on and Christmas Stamps without a barcode will continue to be valid beyond the deadline.

If by that time, you still have old stamps you haven’t been able to find a use for, you will be able to exchange them free of charge for new stamps using the ‘Swap Out’ scheme.



LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Share post:

Subscribe

Popular

More like this
Related

Jurgen Klopp proven right despite critics about Liverpool manager's 'dream' signing

Jurgen Klopp's prediction for Takumi Minamino's impact at...

Stefanos Tsitsipas happy to 'start small' in bid to upset Nadal and Djokovic at Wimbledon

"You know, winning titles can really boost your...

Chelsea could sell four stars to raise funds for Matthijs de Ligt and Jules Kounde deals

Chelsea are desperately pursuing defensive reinforcements this summer...

Experts warn switch from petrol and diesel to EVs could see the loss of 22,000 UK jobs

But many of the engines in British-made vehicles...