Royal Mail Stamps
Royal Mail is overhauling its stamp system with new stamps featuring special barcodes coming into circulation.
These will replace stamps that have ‘1st’ or ‘2nd’ class written on them and from January 2023 these will be unusable.
The barcodes on the “reinvented” stamps are deemed to offer more security and will allow you to watch videos, messages, and access information on the Royal Mail App.
Royal Mail will let you exchange your older stamps for the newer type for free. The 'Swap Out' scheme opens via the Royal Mail website on March 31, 2022 and will run until March 31, 2023.
The scheme will require you to post your stamps that will no longer be valid to them.
Current stamps that will be affected include those with the Queen's head that say '1st' or '2nd' class, or any other price, and those that are Christmas-themed.
After the January cut-off date they will not be valid and you will have to pay an as-yet-undefined surcharge.