Despite the rise of digital enhancements like Google Docs, portable handheld scanners (i.e., smartphone apps), digital signatures, and cloud storage, there are still times when you may want or need to send a fax.
Perhaps you don’t have a strong internet connection, or perhaps you’re working with a government agency, legal or medical office, or another organization that still prefers or even requires faxes.
Whatever your reason for needing to send a fax, we list the places that let you fax for free or cheap, as well as the places that don’t offer the service.
What We Recommend
For an option that’s available nationwide, has high-quality faxing capabilities, and is typically the most cost-effective, consider taking your faxing projects to Staples.
If there are no Staples stores in your area, prices for faxing are comparable at similar stores like Office Depot/OfficeMax and The UPS Store.
Alternatively, if you’re an AAA member, you can typically complete your scanning projects at an AAA office free of charge.
If you’re a customer in good standing at a particular bank, you may also be able to send a fax for free from your local branch.
Major shipping stores across the nation almost always have fax machines you can use, and office supply stores are another common type of business with fax services.
There are a few other kinds of stores that offer faxing services, but you’ll often need to be a member or guest to send or receive a fax.
Note, however, that these stores don’t include fax prices on their websites — prices may vary by location, and they are subject to change.
We’ve ordered the list starting with the most accessible and cost-effective options.
- Find a location
Our article has more information about Staples’s faxing services.
2. Office Depot/OfficeMax
- Find a location
3. United Parcel Service (UPS)
- Find a location
Note: You can both send and receive faxes at UPS.
- Find a location
Note: You can both send and receive faxes at FedEx. To receive a fax, have the sender send the fax directly to FedEx, and a FedEx team member will hold your fax until you can pick it up. You’ll get a complimentary cover sheet and printed confirmation.
6. Postal Annex
Note: You can also receive faxes at Postal Annex. Associates will hold the documents at the store until you can pick them up.
7. Pilot Flying J
- Cost: About $2 per page and $1 for each additional page to send and receive a fax
- Find a location (Note: Availability can vary by location, so be sure to call beforehand. Hy-Vee has stores in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.)
Other Places Where You Can Send a Fax
If there are no shipping or office supply stores in your area, there are some other local businesses that might have fax machines available for public use, and we’ve listed them below. Some of these locations may even let you use the fax machine for free.
9. Banks and Credit Unions
No matter where you are, a bank or credit union is never far away, and virtually all branches have a fax machine.
If you need to send an emergency fax, you may want to try going into your nearest bank or credit union to see if a bank teller or manager can send it on your behalf.
You may also be able to send faxes for free at a bank or credit union where you have an account.
10. Hotels and Hostels
Most hotels have a business center with computers, printers, and usually even a fax machine. If a hotel doesn’t have a business center, the front desk staff may still be able to fax something for you.
If you’re a guest, your hotel will often send your document for free. Even if you’re not a guest of the hotel, hotel staff may be gracious enough to fax something for you in a pinch.
Hostels often provide a range of services for their guests at very reasonable prices as well, including laundry services, kitchens, internet access, and, of course, a fax machine.
While not all libraries provide faxing services anymore, many still do. If you haven’t had luck finding a fax machine anywhere else, it may be worth a visit to your local library.
12. Travel Agent Offices and Travel Bureaus
If you’re on the road and need to fax something, you can try stopping at a nearby travel agency or bureau. You’ll probably find a fax machine inside.
Businesses like this will often help you with faxing services with the hope that you’ll become a customer.
13. Local City Council and Representative Offices
Local politicians and representatives almost always have fax machines in their offices.
As a last resort, you can always make your way to your local city council or representative office and request that they send a fax for you. After all, as your representative, they are there to serve their constituents.
Most of these services charge per page, but many will let you send your first fax for free or get a free trial membership.
Places Where You Can’t Send a Fax
In the course of our research, we found a few places that don’t offer faxing services, including:
- CVS (as previously reported)
- The U.S. Postal Service
- Walgreens (as previously reported)
- Walmart (as previously reported)
If you’re also in need of scanning services, consider checking out our article listing the most convenient places to scan documents.
- Staples customer service online chat
- Office Depot customer service online chat
- The UPS Store customer service online chat
- FedEx corporate customer service (800) 463-3339
- AAA customer service
- Postal Annex customer service (800) 767-8252
- Pilot Flying J customer service online chat