Postal Orders

Send up to £250 safely and securely without needing a bank account.

Key benefits

  • A simple way to send money: from as little as 50p
  • Use them wherever you are: pay your bills or shop by mail order
  • Peace of mind: with no personal data required

How it works

Postal Orders work in a similar way to cheques, but without the need for a bank account.

Shopping online? Postal Orders are great for auction sites like eBay and allow you to pay without handing over personal financial details.

Make your purchase as normal then simply buy the correct value Postal Order and send it through the post.

They look just like cheques – you can have the payee’s name printed on the order, and they can be crossed so payees can only pay into their bank account.

Purchase value per order
Fee payable
£0.50 - £4.99
£5 - £9.99
£10.00 - £99.99 12.50% of the face value
£100 - to maximum value of £250
Capped at £12.50

Prices valid from 24 May 2011

Is a Postal Order right for you?

Right for you if:

  • You need to make a payment or send cash gifts
  • You’re wary of handing over your personal financial details
  • You don’t have a bank account or a chequebook
Try something else if:
  • You’re happy to pay by cheque or other means that require a bank account
  • You need to pay in a country that doesn’t accept Postal Orders (see below)

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Which countries accept British Postal Orders

All countries within the drop down box below cash British Postal Orders. Select any country to find out whether it also sells British Postal Orders.

Please note: the Post Office or Royal Mail never send email notifications to say a Postal Order has been received. If you receive an email like this, please report it to the police.


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