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.

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.

The Service is primarily aimed at businesses as individuals have protection under the law and should not receive sales and marketing faxes unless they have given prior permission . The term individual includes consumers at the residential addresses, sole traders, and except in Scotland, partnerships. However, if individuals wish to register on the FPS they may do so.

Once a number has been registered it will become effective in 28 days.

No, it's free to register on the FPS.

No money is received from the Government to run the Service, the direct marketing industry pays for it.