We know that several businesses rely on faxes to send and receive reliable signatures, official documents, and more. But a nearby accessible fax machine can sometimes be hard to find.
However, you may still find an occasional need to fax a document to a business or private party, or even a need to make copies.
Fax Services Near You
While services at each type of business or location may vary, many of the places below have at least some locations that provide fax services.
1. Office Depot/Office Max
There are local Office Depot (and Office Max – now Office Depot in many states) locations throughout the United States that will fax items if you stop in and visit their customer service counter.
Prices may vary based on your state or location, but in my state, Office Depot charges as follows:
- $1.49 to fax one page locally ($1.29 each for additional pages)
- $1.99 to fax one page nationally ($1.79 each for additional pages)
- $$7.99 to fax one page internationally ($3.99 each for additional pages)
Again, your local Office Depot location prices may vary, so I’d suggest calling or stopping in to check prices before you fax, and to make sure that your local Office Depot offers this service.
FedEx stores, which in many states have also bought out Kinkos store locations, often have fax services as well. Most stores allow you to send or receive local, domestic or international faxes.
Prices in local stores for faxing at Fedex are as follows:
- $1.89 to fax one page locally ($1.59 each for additional pages)
- $2.49 to fax one page nationally ($2.19 each for additional pages)
- $5.99 to fax one page internationally ($3.99 each for additional pages)
The inclusion of a cover sheet is a welcome security precaution. Remember to check with your local FedEx/Kinkos store to get the scoop on their prices and available fax services.
3. UPS Store
UPS (United Parcel Service; the guys with the big brown trucks) has over 4600 store locations worldwide, and many of those locations offer fax services.
In the U.S, Fax prices at UPS stores are as follows:
- $1.00 to fax one page locally ($1.00 each for additional pages)
- $2.00 to fax one page nationally ($1.00 each for additional pages)
- $3.00 to fax one page internationally ($3.00 each for additional pages)
Note that the prices UPS charges – at least in my area – are quite a bit cheaper than the other stores we’ve featured so far.
Since UPS stores are just as easy to find in many cities as FedEx or Office Depot stores, you may want to choose to do your faxing at UPS if you have to fax things on any kind of a regular basis.
Staples has over 300 store locations as of this writing.
Prices at Staples locations are currently running at:
- $1.79 to fax one page locally ($1.59 each for additional pages)
- $2.39 to fax one page nationally ($2.19 each for additional pages)
- $5.99 to fax one page internationally ($3.99 each for additional pages)
Note that Staples has locations in Canada as well as in the United States.
HyVee is a national chain grocery store company that has roughly 250 store locations in eight Midwestern states, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.
The HyVee near me charges approximately $1 to fax the first page and $0.50 to fax additional pages. Note that this price is the only representative of one location and that stores near you might charge more or less.
Fax information for HyVee is pretty vague on their website, so I’d be sure to call ahead to your local store to get specifics on whether or not they offer fax services and how much they charge for those services before you go.
Also, it may be wise to mention when calling if your fax is national or international fax as prices may be higher than for local faxes.
6. Your Local Bank or Credit Union
Many, if not most banks and credit unions have fax services available, and those services are often free to customers.
Although your bank or credit union may not specify that they offer fax services for customers, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to ask, especially if that means you are able to fax your documents for free as a member of the financial institution.
If you’re not a member of the local bank offering fax services, ask if they’ll fax anyway for free or for a small fee.
Are you a member of the AAA Club? If so, you may be able to fax stuff. Just visit a local branch!
And if you are not a member yet, see our post “Is AAA worth it“!
The best part is that faxing is free at most office locations for AAA members. The AAA offers lots of services to members, like notary and copy services. So, if you’re not a member, you may want to consider signing up.
- Join your local AAA Club here.
Another place you can send a fax is at H-E-B. There are 340 H-E-B locations in Texas and Northeast Mexico. You can send faxes to many stores. Fees vary by store. To get more information on faxing, check with your local H-E-B Business Center.
9. Hotel Chains
Hotels are known for providing lots of different services to guests, like wi-fi, for example. Faxing service is a service that some hotels provide.
Some hotels have a business center for guests where there’s a fax machine they can use, or they’ll have a fax machine in a private office for employees.
Either way, hotels usually have a fax machine somewhere that you can either use yourself or that they’ll use to send a fax for you. Simply ask at the desk.
If you’re not a guest at the hotel, you still may be able to get something faxed for you. But you may have to pay a small fee.
10. Local Banks
Most banks offer fax services to their customers. And this faxing service is often free. Even if your bank doesn’t specify on its site that it offers fax services to customers, it still may.
Just call your bank to see if it will fax documents for you, and if it does, ask how much it will cost. It could be free, or you may have to pay a small fee.
If you’re not a member of a bank near you that offers faxing services, then just ask anyway if it will fax documents for you either for free or for a small fee.
11. Credit Unions
Like banks, many credit unions will provide free fax service to their customers.
Some local libraries provide fax services. Not all of them do though. Just call or visit your local library to see if they offer a fax service and what it costs. Some libraries even offer free fax services.
13. Travel Agent Offices
Some local travel agent offices will allow visitors to fax documents if they’re away from home. So, if you are currently traveling and need to fax something, you could consider contacting a local travel agency.
Not all agencies offer fax services, but it’s an option to consider if you’re not near your hometown. Search Google for the term “travel agency near me” to find a travel agency.
14. Ask Friends and Family
Ask friends and family if they have access to a fax machine. You’d be surprised at how many people have a fax machine at work or even in their home office.
Just ask a friend or family member if they would be willing to fax a document for you.
15. At Work (Just Ask Your Boss First)
You may be able to use the fax machine at work. But, if you’re going to fax non-work-related documents, do make sure that you ask your boss first!
It’s likely that they’ll let you use the fax machine for free.
16. Your Apartment Complex
Do you live in an apartment complex? If so, then you may be able to send faxes there. Some apartment complexes have a small business center in the leasing office.
So, if your apartment complex has a business center, it could include a fax machine. You could likely use this machine to send faxes for free, or at least for a small fee.
17. University and College Campuses
If you’re a student, then you may be able to send faxes on your campus for free or for a small fee. Many colleges and university campuses have a fax machine that students can use.
Ask at the library or ask a counselor to see if your campus has a fax machine available to students.
PostalAnnex offers shipping and business solutions. It provides a faxing service that you can use to send local and international faxes. With more than 300 locations, you may have a PostalAnnex near you.
Prices for faxing vary by location. But generally, it charges from $1 to $2 per page.
Just call or visit your local store to get more information on the cost of using its fax service.
19. 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 still 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 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, including laundry services, kitchens, internet access, and, of course, a fax machine.
20. 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.
In this digital era, there are now websites and apps that you can use on your smartphone or computer that allow you to send a fax.
22. Pilot Flying J
Pilot Flying J is a travel center company with over 750 locations in the United States as well as a few in Canada.
I’m a bit embarrassed to say I’d never heard of these guys until I did my research for this article, especially being that they have several locations in my area.
The company offers roadside assistance, they have food and fuel locations for when you’re on the road, and many centers have business services such as Western Union, check cashing, coin exchange, and yes, fax services.
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Other than the option to use FAX.PLUS and turn your laptop or mobile device into a powerful fax machine that can handle even high-volume faxing needs.
You can also search for “fax services near me” and find stores that have physical fax machines and transmit your documents through the old-fashioned way.
How to Use Fax Services
- Go to the FAX.PLUS website and sign up for a free account (No credit card needed)
- Go to the Send Fax section to set up your fax
- Enter the recipient’s fax number with the country code and area code
- Click on the Add File button to attach the documents you wish to fax
- Send your fax right away and wait for the email confirmation
There are several other online faxing companies available to choose from as well. Whether or not you want to sign up for a service depends on how much you have to fax things.
I would say that most people these days don’t have to use a fax service all that often, in which case it would likely be more cost-effective to simply go to a local shipping store or office supply store and just pay the one-time fee they charge for your fax.