(1) Any document required or allowed to be filed with the department may be filed by means of a telephonic facsimile communication device (fax) .
(2) Filings with the department by facsimile are subject to the following conditions:
(a) a filing must conform with all applicable rules, except that only one copy of a document need be filed by facsimile even when multiple copies otherwise would be required;
(b) if a document is received after 5:00 p.m. mountain time, the date of filing of that document, for purposes of these rules, will be the date of the next regular work day; and
(c) the original document and any copies must be received by the department within five days of the facsimile transmittal or the filing will not be recognized as timely.
(3) The failure, malfunction, or unavailability of facsimile equipment does not excuse a party from the requirements of timely filing.