Published on January 10th, 2018 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw


How Much is a First Class Stamp?

For many of us this is no long a question we automatically know the answer to. In this article, we cover the most asked questions regarding stamps and their use. The answer, by the way is 65p.

What are the 1st and 2nd Class Stamp Prices?

The price you need pay for a 1st or 2nd class postage service is dependant on the weight and/or size of your envelope or parcel.

For a standard letter weighing no more than 100g to be sent with a 1st class 65p stamp or 2nd class 56p stamp, the maximum dimensions need to be:

  • Length 240mm, Width165mm, Depth 5mm

A large letter weighing no more than 100g to be sent with a large 1st class 98p stamp or large 2nd class 76p stamp should have dimensions of up to:

  • Length 353mm, Width 250mm, Depth 25mm

For all other envelope/parcel weights up to 2kg, please refer to this table below.

Weight up to and including
1st Class Price
2nd Class Price
Large Letter
Small Parcel
Medium Parcel

All these prices are exempt from VAT.

Do Stamps Have an Expiry Date?

1st class stamp

Stamps that do not have a monetary value on them do not expire. For example, this stamp above only depicts the class of stamp (1st class). Therefore, it can be used indefinitely and will be sent by Royal Mail on a first-class service.

Fixed Value Stamp £1.00

Where a stamp does include a monetary value, it also does not expire. However, to ensure it is delivered on the correct service according to the required class and weight, it may need to be combined with other stamps to make up the value of the postage required.  Fixed Price Stamps enable you to ensure your letters and parcels are sent at the correct postage price.

Should I Send Valuable Items or Money by 1st or 2nd Class?

The Royal Mail recommends sending these items by a Special Delivery Guaranteed™ service. By using this service, you can claim compensation in the event of loss or damage.

Money should be packaged securely and not be visible from the outside of the envelope or packaging. The Go Secure Envelope range of strong, lightweight polythene envelopes is the ideal choice for sending such items and will also help you to save on your postage costs.

How Long is the First Class Delivery Time?

Royal Mail aim to deliver 1st class mail by the next working day, including Saturdays. Whilst 93% of 1st class mail does arrive the next working day, this is not a guaranteed service. It may be affected by unexpected service delays, for example due to adverse weather.

How Long is the Second Class Delivery Time?

Royal Mail aim to deliver 2nd class mail within 2-3 working days, including Saturdays. If you plan ahead, second class post is the perfect choice to send out birthday cards, wedding invitations and thank you notes.

What are Special Stamps?

Game of Thrones Presentation Pack

Every year the Royal Mail releases stamps to mark various special occasions. Earlier this month, the Special Stamp Calendar for 2018 was revealed. Coming soon on 23rd January 2018, will be the much anticipated Game of Thrones stamp collection. You can pre-order yours now.

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