1. In what ways can I have a document stamped?
a) E-Stamping of property documents via the internet
With effect from 2 August 2004, you may use the 24 hours E-Stamping service to submit electronically stamping applications for:
- the Initial stamping of an Agreement for Sale , or an Assignment (including deferring the application) with not more than 4 Purchasers;
- payment of deferred stamp duty;
- a Subsequent Agreement or Assignment (after the signing of a preliminary or formal Agreement for Sale and Purchase);
- a Tenancy Agreement (or Lease) with not more than 4 landlords and 4 tenants.
b) Application for stamping property documents on paper
You may submit an application on paper for stamping, without presenting the original Agreements, Assignments and Tenancy Agreements/Leases (other than cases presented for adjudication or accompanied by an exemption, relief, remission or refund claim), at the Stamp Office Counter.
You may also submit an application on paper for stamping, without presenting the above-mentioned original documents (other than cases presented for adjudication or accompanied by an exemption, relief, remission or refund claim), by post.
c) Conventional stamping
For all types of legal documents chargeable with stamp duty including property documents and those relating to stock transactions, you may present the original document, together with a request for stamping and any other supporting documents required, at the Stamp Office Counter or by post.
Upon receipt of a stamping request with the required document(s) and payment of the required fee, the Stamp Office will either issue a stamp certificate in respect of the document or impress a stamp on the document itself.
To obtain a sample of a computer-issued Stamp Certificate, please go to the Inland Revenue Department's webpage. You may also go to the relevant webpage to get a sample of a manually issued Stamp Certificate.
For the calculation of stamp duty relating to sale and purchase of property, please click here.
For the calculation of stamp duty relating to a Tenancy Agreement or Lease, please click here.