I've heard you need a licence to be able to use a franking machine. Is this true?

Yes it is.

However you won't have to apply to Royal Mail for the licence. When you go to an approved supplier of franking machines to choose the machine that will be right for you, the licence will be applied for then.

Make sure this will happen when you are discussing the lease or purchase of a machine. Once the application has been made, you will receive your licence in due course from Royal Mail.

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