Franking Services

The fast, convenient and cost-effective way to mail

Franking your mail not only offers lower prices than conventional postage, but also saves time and helps create a professional image. Simply print pre-paid postage onto your envelopes and labels in-house.

At a Glance 

  • A time-saving, in-house postage solution for any size business
  • Offers lower prices than conventional postage
  • Enhances your brand and marketing

Why choose Franking?

  • Cut costs
    Franking can significantly reduce your mailing costs. For example, a franked 1st Class letter costs just 52p - that’s a saving of 11p compared to a 1st Class stamp.
  • Save time
    Printing postage in-house means fewer trips to the Post Office – and it’s so much faster than applying postage manually.
  • Reinforce your brand
    Give all your mail a professional, recognisable image with your logo or marketing message printed on the envelope or label.
  • Manage your spend
    Upload credit as and when you need it and monitor usage throughout your business to help understand departmental spend and keep track of VAT.
  • Improve efficiency
    The latest, most sophisticated franking machines can process huge volumes of mail quickly and accurately – and even basic models offer major time-savings.

Royal Mail Mailmark – our most efficient Franking service

Royal Mail Mailmark is our newest and most efficient franking mark. Along with our lowest prices for postage, it also offers automatic price updates and a highly professional finish. It minimises incorrect pricing too, and offers access to a new Prepay Business Reply product.

Find out more about Royal Mail Mailmark

Is Franking right for you?

From large corporate companies, universities and government agencies to small businesses and sole traders, franking services benefit a range of organisations. There’s a variety of franking machines available to suit businesses of all shapes and sizes. And with no restrictions on minimum or maximum postage volumes, franking can save you money whether you post one letter or thousands.

You’ll need to consider costs such as leasing or purchasing a franking machine, along with ongoing expenses like print cartridges. But even if you only send a modest amount of mail each week, you can start covering your costs relatively quickly.

Visit the Help page for more information on franking machines.

How much can you save with Franking?

Savings for UK delivery with Franking
UK DeliveryFranking pricesSaving
1st Class letters52p11p
1st Class small parcel£3.0030p
2nd Class letters39p15p
2nd Class small parcel£2.5030p
Special Delivery Next Day£6.2025p
Special Delivery 9am£17.10£1.26


Savings for international delivery with Franking
International deliveryFranking pricesSaving
International Standard 10g Letter90p10p
International Standard 100g Europe£1.3715p
International Standard 100g
World Zones 1 and 2


Further savings can be made with our Mailmark Franking service.

What postage can you buy with Franking?

PDF icon Royal Mail Franking Guide to UK and International Formats and Services

PDF icon Royal Mail Franking International Services Guide

Franking machines enable you to purchase the following Royal Mail products:

UK delivery

  • 1st Class mail
    Aims for next day delivery.
  • 2nd Class mail
    Value service that delivers within 3 working days.
  • Royal Mail Signed For®
    A 1st or 2nd Class service with the added security that comes from proof of posting and a signature on delivery.
  • Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®
    Guaranteed next day delivery at either 9am or 1pm, with signature on delivery.

International delivery

  • International Standard
    Convenient, reliable and cost-effective international delivery service for parcels up to 2kg.
  • International Tracked
    When you want fast, international mail with tracking for items that weight less than 2kg
  • International Signed
    When you’re looking for extra reassurance that your item has arrived overseas.
  • International Tracked & Signed
    Combines full end-to-end tracking, signature on delivery and online delivery confirmation.

Anything else you need to know?

Visit the Get started section if you want to get set-up with Franking for the first time.

Or use our Franking Hub for help with your everyday Franking needs such as ordering supplies and technical issues.