What is the Fax Preference Service?

The Fax Preference Service is a central opt out register whereby businesses (and individuals if they wish) can register their choice not to receive unsolicited sales and marketing faxes. It is a legal requirement that companies do not send such faxes to numbers registered on the FPS.

Under Government legislation introduced on 1 May 1999 it is unlawful to send an individual an unsolicited sales and marketing fax without prior permission. Businesses have the opportunity to register fax numbers on which they do not wish to receive direct marketing faxes.

The Fax Preference Service
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Fax Preference Service

You can do this by registering with the Fax Preference Service. Although this Service is primarily aimed at businesses, as individuals have protection under the legislation, individuals may also register their fax numbers if they wish.

Before you apply however, you should be aware that registration may preclude you or your business from receiving information of value - thereby cutting you off from worthwhile business opportunities.

The original legislation was introduced in May 1999. It has subsequently been updated and the relevant legislation is now the Privacy and Electronic (EC Directive) Regulations 2003.

Who operates the Fax Preference Service?

Ofcom is required to make available a register where you can opt out of receiving unsolicited faxes.

This register is known as the Fax Preference Service Register and is operated by the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) on behalf of the ICO.

The DMA licences access to the Fax Preference Service register. TPS Services is one of these registered licensees. Our access to the register and our IT skill set is what allows us to provide the quick and convenient services that allow business of all sizes to effectively access and screen their data lists against the FPS prior to sending faxes.

Registration on the FPS is free and can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

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Registration on the Fax Preference Service is free.

Register on the Fax Preference Service

It takes 28 days for the registration on the FPS to become fully effective.

Although the FPS is predominantly made up of businesses, once you've registered on the FPS, there is no need to re-register each year like the CTPS.