Cancel your Duty Stamps Scheme registration (DS3)

Ask HMRC to cancel your Duty Stamps Scheme registration using the online or postal form DS3.


Apply online

Apply by post


To ask HMRC to cancel your Duty Stamps Scheme registration, you can either:

  • use the online form (sign in to, or set up a Government Gateway user ID and password)
  • fill in form on-screen, print and post it to HMRC

If you use the online form, you’ll get a reference number that you can use to track the progress of your form.

Information you’ll need to fill in this form

You’ll need:

  • your Duty Stamps Scheme registration number
  • your UK excise or SEED registration number
  • the serial numbers of any duty stamps you’re returning

Cancellation details

Before sending your application to de-register for the Duty Stamps Scheme, return all unused freestanding (Type A) stamps in your possession, or in the possession of anyone you’ve authorised to act on your behalf, to the HMRC appointed print contractor. To arrange for collection, call the Contractors Customer Support line on Telephone: 0845 121 4411.

Once you’re de-registered, you are no longer authorised to incorporate the label stamp (Type B) design specification into labels. HMRC advises you to destroy all copies of the (Type B) design specification in your company’s possession, or the possession of anyone you’ve authorised to act on your behalf.

This will stop someone using the specification fraudulently in your name.

For advice please contact the Excise helpline.

Email HMRC to ask for this form in Welsh (Cymraeg).

Before you start using the postal form

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You’ll need to fill in the form fully before you can print it. You cannot save a partly completed form so gather all your information together before you start to fill it in.

Published 1 July 2014
Last updated 12 April 2016 + show all updates
  1. An online service is now available.
  2. First published.