24-Hour Money Order: Where to Get a Money Order 24 Hours a Day

Short Answer: You can get a money order 24 hours a day at select check-cashing stores, drugstores, and convenience stores. Options are limited, but places where you can go include 7-Eleven, CVS, RiteCheck, and Rite Aid. If there are no 24-hour money order services near you, and you need to purchase one outside of typical 9-to-5 business hours, places such as Walmart, ACE Cash Express, Stop & Shop, Publix, and Money Mart all offer early-morning or late-night money orders. For more details on where you can purchase a money order 24 hours a day, see below.

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What Is a Money Order?

A money order is a prepaid method of payment for a specified sum that is often viewed as a safe, trusted alternative to a check. It can be great for those who, for whatever reason, don’t have a bank account and need to pay bills. Money orders can also be a safe substitution for cash if you have to purchase something through the mail. Since you pay for a money order upfront, there is no uncertainty as to when the funds will be taken out of your account, unlike with a check.

You’ll typically pay a fee for a money order — often less than $2 — and there may be limits as to how much you can purchase at a time, which will vary by location. A money order also differs from a check in that it doesn’t contain sensitive security information that could potentially be abused by identity thieves (such as name, address, and bank routing and account numbers). A money order usually doesn’t expire and it comes with a tracking number that can help you verify that it made it to the intended recipient. Further, the person who receives the money order can rest assured that it won’t bounce since the funds have been prepaid. Money orders can be purchased at a plethora of places, including grocery stores, gas stations, banks, check-cashing stores, and the post office.

For general information on where to get a money order, see our article.

What Documents Are Required to Get a Money Order?

Unless you’re planning on purchasing a money order of $3,000 or more, all you need is a viable source of payment and yourself. If you’re planning on purchasing a $3,000+ money order, you’ll need to provide a form of ID, such as a driver’s license, and documents with:

    • Your current address
    • Social Security number
    • Date of birth

You’ll also need to fill out Form 8105-A or a similar transaction request form, depending on the location of purchase. Be aware that most 24-hour options don’t allow the purchase of large money orders.

Also, be cautious when paying with a credit card. Most places require money orders to be paid for with cash or a debit card. If a credit card is used, a place may not inform you that you’re actually getting a cash advance through your credit card rather than processing a standard purchase. These cash advances often come with high fees or exorbitant interest rates.

Places That Sell Money Orders 24/7

Note: For all of the places listed, at least some of the locations are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s always a good idea to check your local store before visiting to make sure it is still open.

Check Cashing Stores

RiteCheck (Harlem and Bronx only)

  • Hours: Five of RiteCheck’s 14 locations are open 24 hours.
  • Price: Starting at around $0.89
  • Payment methods accepted: Cash or debit card
  • Money order company used: MoneyGram
  • Find your nearest 24-hour RiteCheck

Western Union Agent Locations

Convenience Stores and Gas Stations

7-Eleven

  • Hours: Open 24/7, though money orders may not be available for purchase 24 hours a day at all locations
  • Price: Minimum charge of $0.65. Purchase up to $500 per money order for 1%-3% of the amount of the money order, depending on location.
  • Payment methods accepted: Cash, credit, or debit
  • Money order company used: Western Union or MoneyGram
  • Find your nearest 24-hour 7-Eleven

For more information, see our article: 7-Eleven Money Order FAQ: Fees, Limits, Cashing and More

Pharmacies

CVS

  • Hours: Some locations are open 24 hours, but not all (more are open 24/7 in larger urban or tourist areas)
  • Price: Purchase up to $500 per money order for around $1.25
  • Payment methods accepted: Cash
  • Money order company used: MoneyGram
  • Find your nearest 24-hour CVS

For more information, see our article: CVS Money Order FAQ: Does CVS Sell Money Orders/Cash Them? Fees?

Rite Aid

  • Open 24 hours? Some locations are open 24 hours, but not all (more are open 24/7 in larger urban or tourist areas)
  • Price: Purchase up to $500 per money order for around $0.99
  • Payment methods accepted: Cash
  • Money order company used: Western Union
  • Find your nearest 24-hour Rite Aid

For more information, see our article: Rite Aid Money Orders: Everything to Know (Provider, Hours, Cost…)

Places That May Have Extended Hours for Money Orders (But Not 24/7)

Below, we’ve compiled the list of places to get money orders that, while not necessarily open 24 hours a day, do have business hours beyond the standard 9-to-5 window.

An important note: To purchase a money order from a grocery store, you’ll typically need to visit the customer service desk or money services counter. Even if the store itself opens early and closes late, the customer service hours may differ. Not all stores publish when their customer service desk is open, and hours can vary even within the same chain. It’s always a good idea to call first and verify that money orders are available at the time you plan to visit.

ACE Cash Express

Albertsons

For more information, see our article: Albertsons Check Cashing and Albertsons Money Order Policies

County Market

Family Fare

Hannaford

Food Lion

See more details in our article: Food Lion Money Orders: Hours, Provider, If They Sell Them, Cash Them…

Food Giant

Food Pride 7-9

Fred Myer

Fry’s

See more details in our article: Fry’s Money Order and Check Cashing Policies: Hours, Provider, Fees, etc

Giant Eagle

See more details in our article: Giant Eagle Money Order Policy FAQ: Western Union? Fee? etc Answered

Hy-Vee

  • Store hours: Many Hy-Vee stores are open 24 hours a day, though the customer service desk at select locations is only open until 8 or 9 p.m.
  • Find the nearest Hy-Vee

Jewel-Osco

For more information, see our article: Jewel-Osco Money Orders via MoneyGram: Cost, Limits, and More

Kmart

  • Store hours: Most Kmart locations open at 8 or 9 a.m.; select locations stay open until 10 p.m.
  • Find your nearest Kmart

See more details in our article: Kmart Western Union Services: Kmart Money Orders, Transfers & More

Kroger

For more information, see our article: Does Kroger Do Money Orders? Yes. Hours, Provider, and More Listed

Meijer

Money Mart

Piggly Wiggly

Publix

See more details in our article: Publix Money Order and Publix Check Cashing Policies (In Plain Language)

Safeway

For more information, see our article: Safeway Check Cashing, Gift Card Balance Check, Money Orders FAQ

ShopRite

See more details in our article: ShopRite Check Cashing and Money Order Policies Listed

Smith’s

For more information, see our article: Smith’s Western Union Services: Money Center Hours, etc Listed

Stop & Shop

  • Store hours: Most Stop & Shop locations open at 7 a.m. (some open at 6 a.m.) and stay open until at least 11 p.m.; some are open until midnight
  • Find the nearest Stop & Shop

See more details in our article: Stop & Shop Western Union Money Order FAQ: Hours, Cost, & More…

The Check Cashing Store

USPS

  • Store hours: While most USPS locations operate from 8:30 or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., select locations open at 7 a.m. and stay open as late as 7 p.m.
  • Find your nearest USPS

Vons

  • Store hours: Most Vons locations open at 6 a.m. and stay open until at least midnight; select locations are open until 2 a.m.
  • Find your nearest Vons

See more details in our article: Vons MoneyGram & Western Union: Money Order Limits, Fees, & More

Walmart

  • Store hours: Some stores are open 24/7, but most Walmart MoneyCenters are only open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.
  • Find your nearest Walmart

For more information, see our article: Money Orders at Walmart FAQ: Cost/Fees, Limit, Hours, Debit Cards…

WinCo Foods

Winn-Dixie

See more details in our article: Winn-Dixie Check Cashing and Money Order FAQ: Limit, Provider…

In Summary

You can purchase a money order 24 hours a day from select drugstores, convenience stores, and check-cashing stores including CVS, Rite Aid, 7-Eleven, RiteCheck, and select Western Union agents. Many grocery stores and check-cashing stores also have extended early or late hours during which you can purchase a money order from customer service, though you’ll need to check with your local store’s customer service desk for its specific operating hours. Bring your ID and a form of payment (cash or debit are most commonly accepted) to purchase your money order.

Need a money order over the weekend? See our article on where to get a money order on a Sunday.

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  • Name* (displayed publicly) says:

    I called to 711 they said they did not do money orders I went to two other ones that were listed as doing money orders until late 11pm for instance they said they stopped doing them at 9 also disappointed with the unreliability of Walmart they were listed as doing money orders until late midnight they don’t I went to two different ones waste of time I needed the money order by 7 a.m. in the morning very important CVS how ever came through 24-hour store near me

    • Laura Bachmann says:
      First Quarter Finance logostaff

      Hi,

      Sorry to hear some of the stores gave you a problem! While they are often open 24/7, they don’t necessarily sell money orders 24/7. And with stores like Walmart, the money center sometimes has different hours than the whole store. Glad to hear CVS worked out though!

  • I’m not about all 7 eleven stores but I know the few that I have tried to get a money order after 10pm I was told they start selling them at 6am and stop selling them at 9pm

    • Hillary M. Miller says:
      First Quarter Finance logostaff

      Hi Corine,

      I definitely apologize for any inconvenience that the article has caused for you. I’ve reached out to 7-Eleven customer support regarding this issue and I’ll be sure to update this comment and (if necessary) the article as soon as I hear back. Thank you for bringing this to our attention!

    • Hillary M. Miller says:
      First Quarter Finance logostaff

      Hi Corine,

      I wanted to let you know that I did hear back from 7-Eleven customer support. I was informed that because the stores are often independently franchised, the hours for money order purchases can vary by location. I’ve made a note of this in the article so that other readers are aware of this policy. Thank you for writing in!