Fax Services Near Me? 10+ Places That Let You Fax for Free or Cheap

There are Google Docs, portable handheld scanners (your phone), digital signatures, and, of course, “the Cloud,” but there are still times when, despite our digital advancement, you want a good old-fashioned fax service.

Maybe you don’t have a strong internet connection. Maybe you’re unsure of how to send a fax via the methods mentioned above and simply want the perceived safety, security, and reliability that a fax machine provides. Or, maybe you’re working with a government agency, legal or medical office, or another organization that still prefers or even requires faxes. Below, we have the places that let you fax for free or cheap (and which places won’t).

Businesses Where You Can Send a Fax

Major shipping stores across the nation almost always have fax machines you can use. Office supply stores are another common type of store that has fax services. There are a few other kinds of stores that do it, but often you’ll need to be a member or guest to send or receive a fax. Note: These stores don’t include fax prices on their websites. We acquired the information below from either online support or calls to corporate customer service.

AAA

FedEx/Kinkos

  • Cost:
    • $1.89 to send a one-page local fax ($1.59 per additional page)
    • $2.49 to send a one-page, long-distance fax ($2.19 per additional page)
    • $5.99 to send a one-page international fax ($3.99 per additional page)
  • More info: FedEx Fax Services
  • Find your nearest FedEx

Note: You can also receive faxes at FedEx. Have the sender send the fax directly to FedEx, and a FedEx team member will hold your fax until you can pick it up.

Hy-Vee

  • Cost: About $1 per page, depending on the location
  • Source: Call to local stores
  • Stores in IA, IL, KS, MN, MO, NE, and WI. Find a Hy-Vee (Not all Hy-Vee stores offer fax services, so be sure to call beforehand.)

Pilot Flying J

Postal Annex

Note: You can also receive faxes at Postal Annex. They’ll hold the documents at their store until you can pick them up.

Office Depot/OfficeMax

Staples

United Parcel Service (UPS)

  • Cost:
    • $2.00 to send a one-page local fax ($1.00 per additional page)
    • $2.00 to send a one-page, long-distance fax ($1.00 per additional page)
    • $7.99 to send a one-page international fax ($3.99 per additional page)
  • More info: UPS Store Services
  • Find your nearest UPS

Note: You can also receive faxes at UPS.

General Places Where You Can Send a Fax

If you find yourself stranded without any shipping or office supply stores nearby, here are some tried and true places that nearly always have public fax machines. Some of these locations will even let you use their fax machine for free.

Banks and Credit Unions

No matter where you are, a bank or credit union is never far away and they pretty much all still have a fax machine. If you need to send an emergency fax, try going into your nearest bank or credit union and see if a bank teller or manager can send it on your behalf. You may be able to send faxes for free at a bank or credit union where you have an account.

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 will most likely 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 will often be gracious enough to fax something for you in a pinch. Hostels often provide a slew of services for their guests at extremely economical prices, including laundry services, kitchen, internet access, and, of course, a fax machine.

Libraries

While not all libraries provide faxing services anymore, many still do. If you haven’t had luck finding a fax machine anywhere else, try your local library.

Local City Council and Representative Offices

Politicians 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 you.

Online

In this digital era, there are now websites and apps that you can use on your phone or computer that allow you to send a fax: MetroFax, MyFax, FaxZero, and more. Most charge per page, but many will let you send your first fax for free or get a free trial membership.

Travel Agent Offices and Travel Bureaus

If you’re on the road and need to fax something, hunt down a nearby travel agency or bureau. You’ll probably find a fax machine inside and a friendly staff member who will be more than willing to help.

Places Where You Can’t Send a Fax

In Summary

Now you know where to go to send a fax. Although a lot of people have probably never used or even seen a fax machine, in today’s highly technological world, you may find yourself desperately in need of a fax machine one day. Your best bet is to find a nearby delivery or office supply store like FedEx or Office Depot/OfficeMax or to hunt down one of the other places we’ve listed for you. If you’re still not sure where to go and could get away with scanning your item(s) instead, consider checking out the article: The List of the Most Convenient Places to Scan Documents.

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  • Michelle says:

    Love how government offices expect you to keep email copies of jobs you look for but have to fax them the proof why cant we email them what they request vs paying for fax service.

    • Laura Bachmann says:
      First Quarter Finance logostaff

      Hi Michelle, unfortunately, as you’ve pointed out, many government office lag behind with respect to technology, a reliance on faxing being an example. If you’re looking to avoid paying for faxes, and only need to send a fax on a rare occasion, you might try an online fax service. While websites that send faxes are usually paid, they’ll often offer some sort of free trial. Free faxes might also include things like the website’s logo or a page limit, so keep an eye on the fine print. Here are a few websites to consider:

      https://faxzero.com/ (limited amount of free faxes per day)
      https://www.nextiva.com/products/online-fax-email.html (offers a free trial)
      http://www.metrofax.com/ (offers a free trial)
      https://en.efax.com/online_fax_pricing (offers a free trial)

  • brandon whitman says:

    Although I don’t have detailed knowledge of fax protocol, I believe there’s a “handshake” between receiver and sender machine that verifies successful or unsuccessful receipt the data. Assuming that’s correct, is there some way I can prove to a recipient that a transmitting machine indicating successful ‘send’ also means the receiving fax machine successfully received the data?

    • Hillary M. Miller says:
      First Quarter Finance logostaff

      Hi Brandon,

      There is indeed a “handshake” that happens between the two fax machines when a document is sent between them. Many fax machines have a setting for a transmission verification report, which allows you to have a confirmation printed immediately after a fax is sent. Most fax machines also feature a Fax Journal, which can provide a log of all the recently sent and received faxes. The way to program the transmission verification report settings (for example, to print after every transmission, to print only when a transmission fails, etc.) and the way to access the Fax Journal will vary somewhat from one machine to another. The Brother Solutions Center website provides an example of how to use these features on one of that company’s products. You can also try a Google search for “fax journal instructions [your product name]” to find out how to use this feature on your own fax machine. I hope this helps, and please let me know if I can answer any further questions!