“Where can I get a money order after hours?” There are plenty of places that sell money orders outside of the standard 9 to 5. Yes, you have many options. There are gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores, and more that offer money orders 24 hours a day. Just make sure you follow the instructions about what type of ID is required, how much it’ll cost, etc. All information you need is listed down below.

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What Exactly Is a Money Order?

Just so you know exactly what it is you are getting into, a money order is a prepaid method of payment for a specified sum that is often viewed as a safe, trusted alternative to cash or a check. It can be great for those who, for whatever reason, don’t have a bank account, and need to pay bills – especially important when you have a bill to pay and need a 24 hour money order so you can get it paid in time.

Money orders can, likewise, 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 not the uncertainty (like with a check) of when the recipient might cash it and the funds come out of your account. 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 (name, address, bank routing and account numbers). Additional benefits include the fact that a money order doesn’t usually expire, and it come 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 already been pre-paid by you. Finally, money orders can be purchased at a plethora of places, even ones that are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

What Documents Are Required to Get a Money Order?

Unless you’re planning on purchasing a money order of $3,000 or over, all you need is a viable source of payment and yourself! If you’re planning on doing so (and we’ll warn you now that most 24-hour options don’t allow purchases of money orders of that size), you’ll need to provide documents with:

    • Your current address
    • Social security number
    • Date of birth
    • A form of ID such as drivers license number

You’ll also need to fill out Form 8105-A or similar transaction request form, depending on the location of purchase.

Also, be cautious! When paying with a credit card (which isn’t always an option), most places won’t inform you that you’re actually getting a cash advance through your credit card rather than directly paying. These cash advances often (though not always) come with pricey fees or higher interest than normal, and it’s best to avoid cash advances if possible. Debit cards and cash are usually the ways to go.

For each place you can purchase or cash money orders, you will find the fees, the maximum money order amount, payment types accepted, and money order company used, clearly laid out. For all of the places listed, at least SOME of the locations are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The category each falls into is spelled out, as well as locations links, so that you can determine if the particular store nearest to you falls into the elusive 24/7 category. Also provided is a list of stores that are open seven days a week but aren’t open 24/7 (but still offer convenient hours of operation).

Places That Sell Money Orders 24/7

Check Cashing Stores

RiteCheck (New York only)

  • Open 24 hours? Yes, all locations
  • Price: Starting at $0.89
  • Payment methods accepted: Cash or debit card
  • Money order company used: MoneyGram
  • Maximum money order amount: $1,000
  • Find your nearest 24-hour RiteCheck location.

Western Union Offices

  • Open 24 hours? Some locations, but not most
  • Price: Starting at $0.50 to $1.50
  • Payment methods accepted: Cash or debit card
  • Money order company used: Western Union
  • Maximum money order amount: Depends on the location, but typically $500-$1,000
  • Find your nearest 24-hour Western Union Office (once you select your location, the “Hours & Info” section will tell you whether or not the office is open 24 hours).

Convenience Stores/Gas Stations

There is but one name on this list, but when it comes to availability, you truly cannot beat the pervasive presence of the storied 7-Eleven. 7-Eleven’s are all open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and money orders are very cost-effective here! If you have this option available to you, I highly recommend not wasting your time looking elsewhere. Just jump in your vehicle of choice (or pound that pavement), and head straight there to purchase your money order!

7-Eleven

  • Open 24 hours? 7-Eleven is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Note: Money orders may not be available for purchase 24 hours a day at all 24-hour locations. We recommend that you contact your local 7-Eleven store to be certain, as many stores are independently franchised and policies can vary by location.
  • Price: Purchase up to $500 for 1 to 3 percent of the amount of the money order, depending on location. Minimum charge is 65 cents. Check out our article for more information.
  • Payment methods accepted: Cash, credit or debit
  • Money order company used: Western Union or MoneyGram
  • Find your nearest 24-hour 7-Eleven location.

Drug Stores/Pharmacies

All of the stores listed below are open seven days a week. You can usually find at least one of these drug stores and/or pharmacies close to your current location. While all of them are open seven days a week, not all are open 24 hours a day, although many are. Please make sure to click on the location links first, before heading out, to check on store hours near you.

CVS

  • Open 24 hours? CVS stores are open seven days a week; many, but not all are open 24 hours a day (more are open 24/7 in larger urban or tourist areas)
  • Price: Purchase up to $500 for $0.99.
  • Payment methods accepted: Cash, credit or debit
  • Money order company used: MoneyGram
  • Find your nearest 24-hour CVS location.

Rite Aid

  • Open 24 hours? Rite Aid stores are open seven days a week; many, but not all are open 24 hours a day (more are open 24/7 in larger urban or tourist areas)
  • Price: Purchase up to $500 for $0.89
  • Payment methods accepted: Cash, credit or debit
  • Money order company used: Western Union
  • Find your nearest 24-hour Rite Aid location.

Walgreens

  • Open 24 hours? Walgreens stores are open seven days a week; many, but not all are open 24 hours a day (more are open 24/7 in larger urban or tourist areas
  • Price: Purchase up to $500 for $1 or less
  • Payment methods accepted: Cash, credit or debit
  • Money order company used: Western Union
  • Find your nearest 24-hour Walgreens location.

WinCo Foods

  • Open 24 hours? Yes – WinCo Foods is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, only closing on part of Thanksgiving, part of Christmas Eve and all of Christmas Day.
  • Price: None disclosed online
  • Payment methods accepted: Cash, credit or debit
  • Money order company used: MoneyGram
  • Find your nearest 24-hour WinCo location.

Grocery Stores

You can’t go wrong with the availability and variety of your local grocery store. These stores are very generous with their hours of operation. While all of those listed, below, are open seven days a week, many, but not all, are open 24 hours a day. Please make sure to click on the location links first, to check on store hours; chances are good that one near you is open 24/7, or close to it!

Albertsons

  • Open 24 hours? Albertsons stores are open seven days a week; many, but not all are open 24 hours a day (more are open 24/7 in larger urban or tourist areas)
  • Price: Purchase up to $500 for around $0.65. See Albertson’s webpage for more details.
  • Payment methods accepted: Cash, credit or debit
  • Money order company used: MoneyGram
  • Find your nearest 24-hour Albertson’s location.

County Market

  • Open 24 hours? County Fare stores are open seven days a week and many are open 24 hours a day (more are open 24/7 in larger urban or tourist areas
  • Price: None disclosed online. See County Market’s store services page for more information.
  • Payment methods accepted: Varies by location
  • Money order company used: Western Union
  • Find your nearest 24-hour County Market location.

Family Fare

  • Open 24 hours? Family Fare stores are open seven days a week; many, but not all are open 24 hours a day (some are just open 24/7 on weekends only, usually in larger urban centers)
  • Price: Purchase up to $500 for $0.70. See Family Fare’s FAQs page for more information.
  • Payment methods accepted: Cash, credit or debit
  • Money order company used: Western Union
  • Find your nearest 24-hour Family Fare location.

Jewel-Osco

  • Open 24 hours? Yes, some locations
  • Price: Starting at $0.70
  • Payment methods accepted: Cash or debit card
  • Money order company used: MoneyGram
  • Maximum money order amount: $500
  • Find your nearest 24-hour Jewel-Osco location (the “hours and services” section will tell you whether or not the store is open 24 hours).

Kroger

  • Open on 24 hours? Kroger stores are open seven days a week; many, but not all are open 24 hours a day (more are open 24/7 in larger urban or tourist areas)
  • Price: Purchase up to $1,000 for $0.70. See Kroger’s money services page for more information.
  • Payment methods accepted: Cash, credit or debit
  • Money order company used: Western Union
  • Find your nearest 24-hour Kroger location.

Safeway

  • Open 24 hours? Yes, some locations.
  • Price: Starting at $0.70. See Safeway’s Money Services page for more information.
  • Payment methods accepted: Cash or debit card
  • Money order company used: Western Union
  • Maximum money order amount: $1,000.
  • Find your nearest 24-hour Safeway location (no search options for 24-hour locations, but the store info will tell you)

Smith’s

  • Open 24 hours? Most Smith’s stores are open seven days a week; many, but not all are open 24 hours a day (most that are open 24/7 are only open during those extended hours on the weekends, in larger urban or tourist areas)
  • Price: Purchase up to $500 for $0.70. See Smith’s Money Services page for more information.
  • Payment methods accepted: Cash, credit or debit
  • Money order company used: Western Union
  • Find your nearest 24-hour Smith’s location.

Walmart

Wegmans

    • Open 24 hours? Some, but not all are open 24 hours a day (more are open 24/7 in the larger urban or tourist areas)
    • Price: None to cash. Fees to purchase are displayed in every store
    • Payment methods accepted: Cash, credit or debit
    • Money order company used: MoneyGram
    • Find your nearest 24-hour Wegmans location.

Places That Do Money Orders 7 Days per Week and Have Long Hours but Don’t Sell Money Orders 24/7

These places sell money orders seven days a week but aren’t open 24/7. However, they all have very generous hours of operation.

ACE Cash Express

Find your nearest ACE Cash Express location.

Food 4 Less (At One Location Only – Los Banos, CA)

Find your nearest Los Banos location.

Fred Myer

Find your nearest Fred Meyer location.

Kmart

Find your nearest Kmart location.

Meijer

Find your nearest Meijer location.

Money Mart

Find your nearest Money Mart location.

Publix

Find your nearest Publix location.

The Check Cashing Store

Find your nearest Check Cashing Store location.

USPS

Find your nearest USPS location.

USA Check Cashing

Find your nearest USA Check Cashing location.

Vons

Find your nearest Vons location.

Winn-Dixie

Find your nearest Winn-Dixie location.

For more detailed information on money orders at the above stores (and others that sell money orders, but aren’t open seven days a week), read our article, Where Can I Get a Money Order? At These 31 Places.

In Summary

Given the slew of payment methods available today, from debit cards to Apple Pay to Square, the money order might somewhat feel like the dinosaur at the party. Your best bet is to locate a ubiquitous 7-Eleven because these stores are truly open 365 days a year, seven day a week, 24 hours a day. Nevertheless, if, for some reason, there isn’t a 7-Eleven in your near vicinity, we have provided other options.