Alcohol duties: application to cancel Duty Stamps registration (DS3)

Use the online form to ask HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to cancel your Duty Stamps registration.


Apply online (sign in with Government Gateway)

Apply by post


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

  • use the online form (you’ll need to log in to your tax account)
  • 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 registration number
  • 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 +44 (0)845 121 4411.

Once you’re de-registered, you’re no longer authorised to incorporate the label stamp (Type B) design specification into labels. HMRC advise 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 National Advice Service Telephone National on 0845 010 9000 International: +44 208 929 0152.

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 can’t save a partly completed form so you should 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.