Top tips for sending mail
Help us deliver your mail as quickly as possible
Include a return address on your letters and packets so that we can return it to you if it can’t be delivered.
When using dark coloured or red envelopes please use a white label to display the address. This helps us to read the address quickly and accurately. Also avoid using very small or square envelopes to send cards and letters.
Cash and valuables
If you need to send money or valuables through the post within the UK you will need to use Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed™
Correct postage paid
Check that you’re using the correct tariff when sending mail both in the UK and to overseas destinations. If sending an item to the Republic of Ireland, use international postage rates. Underpayment can cause delays to delivery. Check our current prices.
You should select packaging that best suits the contents of your parcel. Packaging material should protect the items enclosed from damage and be fastened securely to avoid them coming undone in transit.
Find out how to wrap and pack your parcel.
Where to take your mail for posting
To a Post Office®
We have a network of around 11,800 Post Office® branches nationwide - to find out which is the closest to you, use our Branch Finder
To a Postbox®
There are 115,000 Postboxes® nationwide, so wherever you are, there's one close by.
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