Published on April 8th, 2019 | by Sam Rose
Prepaid Envelopes – Everything You Need to Know
Ever been unsure of what Prepaid Envelopes are and how you can use them? This article provides everything you need to know about Prepaid Envelopes.
What Are Prepaid Envelopes?
Prepaid Envelopes (not to be confused with Business Reply Envelopes) are envelopes that already contain either a First Class or Second Class postmark to signify that the postage has been paid for.
Because it uses this specific postmark, it doesn’t require you to affix a stamp to it.
A Prepaid Envelope can be used just as you would send any other mail through the post. Depending on the size of envelope you require, they are ideal when needing to send documents, paperwork and other urgent mail when you don’t have any stamps you can use.
What Sizes of Prepaid Envelopes Can I Send?
When sending a Prepaid Envelope out, you can choose from any of the following Prepaid Envelope sizes:
What is the Difference Between Prepaid Envelopes and Business Reply Envelopes?
The key difference between a Prepaid Envelope and a Business Reply Envelope is that Prepaid Envelopes can be purchased just as you would any other envelope.
Business Reply Envelopes however, require you to purchase a licence from the Royal Mail. The licence lasts for one year and is currently charged at £99 + VAT.
Therefore, for personal mail and simpler mailing requirements, it’s best to use Prepaid Envelopes.
You can however, learn more about Business Reply Envelopes here if you have more specific business mailing needs.
What Happens to Letters and Mail Sent Without Stamps Attached?
Another advantage of using a Prepaid Envelope is that you won’t have to deal with the hassle that arises when you forget to attach a stamp to a letter or mailed item.
Depending on the situation, there are a number of different things that can happen with mailed items sent without postage such as:
- If there are no postage stamps on your mail, the letter or mailed item could be sent back to you or, the recipient will receive a notice requesting the postage cost.
- When you have included stamps but not to the value required, then the mail will still be sent but the recipient will be required to make up the remaining cost.
- If there is no return address and no postage has been attached to the mail, then it is sent to the National Returns Centre and could be deemed as ‘undeliverable’ before being recycled.