Maximum money order amount explained

A money order or postal order as it’s better known in the UK is a way of transferring cash to a supplier in the most trusted way. Because you’ve had to pay for the money order upfront, the person selling the goods will release the item in the full confidence that they’ll see the money. This is a safe alternative to carrying cash when you buy something but is there a maximum money order amount?

Postal orders

One of the major advantages of a postal order is that you don’t need a bank to buy one. You can get as little as 50p as a postal order and you can use them wherever you are to pay bills or to shop by mail. No personal data is required and they’re quick and easy to get. There are fees to pay though. If you take an order of between 50p and £4.99, you pay 50p in charges. An order for £5 to £9.99 costs £1. Anything between £10 and £99.99 costs 12.5% of the face value (so £1.25 to £12.50) and postal orders taken for £100 or more cost £12.50. There is a limit to the value you can buy as postal orders are capped at £250.00. Check out postoffice.co.uk/postal-orders if you want to buy some. More information

Not all countries accept postal orders so if you’re sending abroad, you’ll need to check the list of nations presented at postoffice.co.uk/postal-orders. You should also take care to understand the difference between a crossed and uncrossed postal order. Crossed orders can only be paid into a bank account so they’re like cheques, while uncrossed postal orders are basically like cash because the recipient can cash them when they arrive. In a lot of cases you’ll get your goods quicker if you send an uncrossed order.

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