Use Your Old Stamps by 31st January 2023

Royal Mail are adding barcodes to their regular stamps.

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 below) 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.

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 one of the Royal Mails Stamp Swap Out forms and send it back to them along with your non-barcoded stamps.

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

For more information visit or call their Customer Experience Team on 03457 740740.