How much does it cost to get set up?
Although we can't quote a set cost (as we don't supply franking machines directly), you can easily check our list of authorised manufacturers/independent inspector/maintainers and discuss costs with a provider. You can ask about:
- Leasing or purchasing costs.
- Annual maintenance and inspection fees.
- Consumables, such as outer envelopes, labels and ink.
You will save money on delivery costs for every piece of mail you send. For full details of how much, download our pricing wallcharts:
The first steps to getting started
Step 1 - Choose a franking machine
Use our list of authorised manufacturers/independent inspector/maintainers to lease or purchase your franking machine. Royal Mail does not recommend one party over another.
Step 2 - Apply for your licence
Ask for your franking licence through your manufacturer/independent inspector/maintainer
Step 3 - Arrange credit
Manufacturers can offer franking machine credit options like Direct Debit, Credit Card and Credit accounts with deferred payment terms.
Step 4 - Read the small print
You must meet the terms of your licence by reading the Legal scheme for Franking letters and parcels.
Step 5 - Buy products
Save money with our franking service. You can pay for a wide variety of mail products, including Special Delivery Guaranteed, international and one-off business collections.
Step 6 - Separate your mail
To qualify for savings and avoid penalties, you must separate your mail by UK/international destination, and then by product and class.