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Postal Orders

A quick and easy way to send money without a bank account

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

Key benefits

  • Send money from as little as 50p
  • Pay your bills or shop by mail order
  • No need to share your financial details

How it works

  • Postal Orders work in a similar way to cheques, but you don’t need a bank account.
  • They’re great for auction sites like eBay, and let you pay without handing over your financial details.
  • Once you’ve bought your item, just buy a Postal Order for the same value and send it through the post.
  • They look like cheques. You can even have the payee’s name printed on the order, and they can be crossed so that the payee can only pay into their bank account.


Purchase value per order Fee payable
£0.50 - £4.99 50p
£5 - £9.99 £1.00
£10.00 - £99.99 12.50% of the face value
£100 - to maximum value of £250 Capped at £12.50


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:

X You’re happy to pay by cheque or other means that require a bank account

X 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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