In an ongoing effort to protect against counterfeiting threats, redesigned U.S. currency is printed with specific, easy-to-use security features to help you distinguish between a genuine note and a counterfeit note. You can learn how to quickly identify these security features by exploring the Interactive Note on the NewMoney.gov website.
In addition, this section connects you with tips for detecting counterfeit money and learning about the rules for using banknote images.
The United States Secret Service was established in 1865 to fight the proliferation of counterfeit currency in circulation, and the Service remains committed to investigating and stopping counterfeiting threats that could affect the integrity of our nation’s currency. You can help by learning some specific tips on how to detect counterfeit money.
The counterfeiting of currency is a crime, and all countries have legal restrictions on the reproduction of banknote images. In the United States, the “rules for use” on the reproduction of U.S. currency images is governed by the Counterfeit Protection Act of 1992. It is important to review these regulations before using reproductions of U.S. currency for any purpose. An overview of the regulations is available on the NewMoney.gov website.
If you think you’ve received a counterfeit note, notify the local police or nearest U.S. Secret Service field office. A list of Secret Service locations and detailed information on what to do are available on the agency’s website.