How to Fax Non-Standard Pages

How do I fax a wallet-sized card? Do I make a copy and fax that, or do I place the card on the fax machine? I’ve never done this before.

Don’t worry. You can do this! If you’re faxing a document that is not a standard letter-size page (8.5″ x 11″), you have a few options. If you’re using a fax machine, it’s likely that its feeder tray will only allow letter-size (or sometimes legal-size) paper. Most immunization cards are wallet-size pages, so you’ll need to photocopy yours first and then print it on letter-size paper so you can fax it. It won’t take up much of the page that way, but it will preserve the dimensions. Some people tape their card to a sheet of paper and send it through that way, but there’s always the chance that it could shift or dislodge.

Your other option is to scan your card with a flatbed or other scanner and fax it as a PDF using an online faxing service such as, which lets you fax up to five free faxes per day. Again, just make sure that you preserve the scan as an 8.5″ x ll” document before you send so that the recipient’s fax machine receives it correctly.

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