“Can I get a money order at CVS?” “Does CVS cash money orders?”

Great questions.

CVS Pharmacy is a nationwide chain that provides health and beauty products, snacks and drinks, photo developing — and money orders. So does CVS sell money orders? Yes. CVS Pharmacy’s nearly 9,600 U.S. locations make it one of the most convenient options for purchasing a money order. There is not much information published about the sale of money orders on the CVS company website, so we called numerous CVS locations to obtain the details and policies presented below.

In This Article:

  • What Is a Money Order?

  • How Do Money Orders Work?

  • What Kind of Money Orders Does CVS Sell?

  • Fees, Limits, and Accepted Payment Types

  • How Do I Purchase a Money Order?

  • When Are Money Orders Available for Purchase?

  • Does CVS Cash Money Orders?

  • Other Services Offered by CVS

  • Similar Stores to CVS That Sell And/Or Cash Money Orders

What is a Money Order?

Money orders are similar to personal checks, but they are a safer way to send and receive money. If you sell something, and someone pays you with a personal check, there is no guarantee that the person who wrote the check has any money in their checking account when you go to cash or deposit the check, and that can lead to fees for both of you. Money orders, on the other hand, are guaranteed funds.

Money orders can only be cashed by the person listed on the money order itself, reducing the risk of theft. Because they are safer than cash to carry around, money orders are an ideal choice to transfer money or make a payment. Money orders can be purchased at a variety of locations, including banks, credit unions, post offices, money order businesses (such as Western Union), and many stores including CVS Pharmacy.

How Do Money Orders Work?

When paying bills or paying another person with a money order, you essentially buy the money order with cash (or a debit or credit card, if allowed) from a business that sells them. You simply hand over your cash, pay a nominal fee, take the money order with you, and give it to the receiver so that they may cash it. When you make the purchase, you will be issued a receipt with a tracking number on it, which you should keep until it is cashed in case it gets lost. Money orders are safer than cash, because the payee listed on the physical money order will need to have some form of identification in order to prove that they are the intended recipient. Unlike cash, money orders are replaceable if lost. You can read more about how to refund a lost or stolen money order.

What Kind of Money Orders Does CVS Sell?

CVS money orders are MoneyGram money orders. MoneyGram is one of the two main providers of money orders in the United States, the other being Western Union. MoneyGram services are available at every CVS store.

Fees, Limits, and Accepted Payment Types

So what’s the CVS money order fee? The cost of a money order at CVS is $0.99 per order, regardless of the amount. CVS has a maximum money order amount of $500. If you need a money order for a higher amount, you may be able to purchase a second money order, but daily total limits will vary among stores. As far as accepted payment methods, CVS only accepts cash for money orders. You cannot use a debit card or credit card to make the purchase.

How Do I Purchase A Money Order?

Money orders can be purchased at the checkout registers. Simply walk up to an available register and let the cashier know that you want to purchase a money order and the desired amount of the money order. CVS money orders are designed to be bought quickly.

When Are Money Orders Available for Purchase?

CVS sells money orders during regular store hours. For many CVS locations, that means 24 hours a day, seven days a week, although the exact hours of operation will vary from store to store. Find the hours for your nearest CVS.

Does CVS Cash Money Orders?

Does CVS cash money orders? No, CVS does not cash money orders whatsoever. If you need to cash a money order, you can read our article, 20+ Places to Cash a Money Order or more specifically, you can read our article about places to cash a MoneyGram.

Other Services Offered by CVS

While you’re at CVS to purchase your money order, what else can you do there? CVS offers a number of additional services. Please note that every service may not be available at every location; call ahead to your local CVS to verify availability. Many CVS stores offer the following:

Similar Stores that Sell and/or Cash Money Orders

If you don’t have a CVS near where you live or work but you still need to purchase a money order, there are plenty of other options. Here are a few of them:

Walmart

  • Type of money order sold: MoneyGram
  • What is the maximum dollar amount I can purchase? $1,000
  • Where in the store can I purchase them? At the Customer Service Desk or at the Walmart MoneyCenter, if the store has one.
  • What are the fees? The fee is $0.70 per money order.
  • Does Walmart cash money orders? Yes, but only MoneyGram money orders purchased at another Walmart. Walmart stores cash money orders up to $5,000 at the customer service desk. Money orders up to $1,000 cost a fee of $3, while money orders over $1,000 and up to $5,000 cost a fee of $6.
  • What hours are money orders available for purchase? During regular store hours.
  • Can I buy a money order with a credit card? No. You need cash.
  • Read more on the Walmart website.
  • Find a Walmart location near you.

7-Eleven

  • Type of money order sold: Either MoneyGram or Western Union, dependent on the location.
  • What is the maximum dollar amount I can purchase? $500 or $1,000, depending on the location (some use MoneyGram, which has a $500 limit, while others use Western Union, which has a $1,000 limit)
  • Where in the store can I purchase them? At the checkout counter.
  • What are the fees? The fee is between 1 and 3 percent of the entire amount of the money order, depending on the location, or a minimum of $0.65.
  • Does 7-Eleven cash money orders? Yes. The maximum amount is $500.
  • What hours are money orders available for purchase? During regular store hours (24 hours a day, in many cases)
  • Can I buy a money order with a credit card? Yes. Be aware of the fact that your credit card company will charge you a cash advance fee.
  • Read more on the 7-Eleven website.
  • Find a 7-Eleven location near you

Kmart

This information is not available on the Kmart website, but we called several Kmart locations to obtain the following details.

  • Type of money order sold: Western Union
  • What is the maximum dollar amount I can purchase? $500
  • Where in the store can I purchase them? At the Customer Service Desk.
  • What are the fees? The fee is $0.69.
  • Does Kmart cash money orders? No.
  • What hours are money orders available for purchase? During regular store hours.
  • Can I buy a money order with a credit card? No.
  • Read more on the Kmart website.
  • Find a Kmart location near you.

Kroger

Note: We called the Kroger corporate office to obtain more specific information, but since Kroger operates under different names in different areas, each store has their own policy on money orders.

  • Type of money order sold: Western Union
  • What is the maximum dollar amount I can purchase? Dependent on the store.
  • Where in the store can I purchase them? At the Courtesy Desk.
  • What are the fees? Dependent on the store.
  • Does Kroger cash money orders? Dependent on the store.
  • What hours are money orders available for purchase? During regular store hours.
  • Can I buy a money order with a credit card? Dependent on the store.
  • Read more on the Kroger website
  • Find a Kroger location near you.

Meijer

  • Type of money order sold: Western Union
  • What is the maximum dollar amount I can purchase? $500. If you need a higher dollar amount than $500, the system will print multiple money orders to fill your request, up to a maximum of $3,000 per customer, per day.
  • Where in the store can I purchase them? At the Customer Service Desk.
  • What are the fees? $0.65.
  • Does Meijer cash money orders? No.
  • What hours are money orders available for purchase? Between 7 AM and 11 PM.
  • Can I buy a money order with a credit card? No. But they do accept debit cards.
  • Read more on the Meijer website.
  • Find a Meijer location near you.

Publix

Note: Publix sells money orders at all stores except GreenWise Market locations.

  • Type of money order sold: MoneyGram
  • What is the maximum dollar amount I can purchase? $500
  • Where in the store can I purchase them? At the Customer Service Desk.
  • What are the fees? $0.65.
  • Does Publix cash money orders? No.
  • What hours are money orders available for purchase? During regular store hours.
  • Can I buy a money order with a credit card? No.
  • Read more on the Publix website.
  • Find a Publix location near you.

Vons

Note: We contacted Vons customer service to confirm the following information; however, note that fees and available services can vary by location. Check with your local Vons for details.

  • Type of money order sold: MoneyGram
  • What is the maximum dollar amount I can purchase? Typically $2,999.99, but may vary by store
  • Where in the store can I purchase them? At the Customer Service Desk.
  • What are the fees? Typically $0.89 per $1,000, by fees may vary by store.
  • Does Vons cash money orders? This service may be available at certain locations; check with your local store for details.
  • What hours are money orders available for purchase? 8 AM to 8 PM (at most locations)
  • Can I buy a money order with a credit card? No.
  • Read more on the Vons website.
  • Find a Vons location near you.

In Summary

Money orders are a common way for people to pay bills when they don’t have checking accounts or when they want to send guaranteed funds without the risks associated with cash. By getting money orders at CVS, customers can purchase a MoneyGram money order for a fee of $0.99, with a $500 limit per money order. CVS only accepts cash for money orders. If you don’t have a CVS location near you, you can visit one of the many other chains that offer money order services. We hope this article has provided everything you need to know about CVS money orders.