On 18 June 2021, HMRC announced that its physical stamping presses would be decommissioned. As a result, the only method of stamping is now the electronic procedure introduced (“temporarily”, at first) in March 2020 at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

So comes to an end the 300-year old process of having to show a manually stamped document to demonstrate payment of stamp duty in the UK.

The press release can be viewed here.