Currency Photocopy Rules - straight from the U.S. Secret Service
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Illustrations of Currency, Checks or Other Obligations
The law sharply restricts photographs or other printed reproductions of paper currency, checks, bonds, revenue stamps and securities of the United States and foreign governments.
For additional illustrations of U.S. currency, visit the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
The Counterfeit Detection Act of 1992, Public Law 102-550, in Section 411 of Title 31 of the Code of Federal Regulations, permits COLOR illustrations of U.S. currency provided:
• The illustration is of a size less than three-fourths or more than one and one-half, in linear dimension, of each part of the item illustrated
• The illustration is one-sided
• All negatives, plates, positives, digitized storage medium, graphic files, magnetic medium, optical storage devices, and any other thing used in the making of the illustration that contain an image of the illustration or any part thereof are destroyed and/or deleted or erased after their final use.
Other Obligations and Securities
Photographic or other likenesses of other United States obligations and securities and FOREIGN CURRENCIES are PERMISSIBLE for any non-fraudulent purpose, provided the items are reproduced in BLACK & WHITE and are less than three-quarters or greater than one-and-one-half times the size, in linear dimension, of any part of the original item being reproduced.
Negatives and plates used in making the likenesses must be destroyed after their use for the purpose for which they were made. This policy permits the use of currency reproductions in commercial advertisements, provided they conform to the size and color restrictions.
Motion picture films, microfilms, videotapes, and slides of paper currency, securities, and other obligations may be made in color or black and white for projection or telecasting. No prints may be made from these unless they conform to the size and color restrictions.
Photographs, printed illustrations, motion picture film or slides of United States and foreign coins may be used for any purpose.
With few exceptions, existing law generally prohibits the manufacture, sale or use of any token, disk or device in the likeness or similitude of any coins of the United States, or of any foreign country, which are issued as money.
U.S. Postage Stamps, Foreign Postage Stamps and Revenue Stamps
Printed illustrations of United States and foreign stamps are permissible for any non-fraudulent purpose. Black and white illustrations of uncanceled United States and foreign postage stamps are permissible in any size.
Color illustrations of uncanceled United States and foreign postage stamps must be less than three-fourths or more than one and one-half times the size of the genuine stamp.
Cancelled United States and foreign postage stamps may be of any size whether the illustrations are in color or black and white.
Note: Canceled U.S. and foreign postage stamps must bear an official cancellation mark, i.e., the stamps must have been used for postage. Also, the plates and negatives, including glossy prints, of any United States or foreign obligations must be destroyed after their final use for the purpose for which they were made.
Printed illustrations of United States and foreign revenue stamps are permissible in black and white only. There are no size restrictions for revenue stamps.
Currency Reporting Info
U.S.Customs and Border Protection Currency Reporting
It is legal to transport any amount of currency or other monetary instruments into or out of the United States.
However, if you transport, attempt to transport, or cause to be transported (including by mail or other means) currency or other monetary instruments in an aggregate amount exceeding $10,000 or its foreign equivalent) at one time from the United States to any foreign country, or into the United States from any foreign country, you must file a report with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
This report is called the Report of International Transportation of Currency or Monetary Instruments, FinCEN Form 105.
Furthermore, if you receive in the United States, currency or other monetary instruments in an aggregate amount exceeding $10,000 (or its foreign equivalent) at one time, which has been transported, mailed, or shipped to you from any foreign place, you must also file a FinCEN Form 105.
This form can be obtained at all U.S. ports of entry and departure or on the Web at
Monetary instruments include:
1) U.S. or foreign coins and currency;
2) Traveler checks in any form;
3) Negotiable instruments (including checks, promissory notes, and money orders) that are either in bearer form, endorsed without restriction, made out to a fictitious payee, or otherwise in a form that the funds can be transferred to another person;
4) Incomplete instruments (including checks, promissory notes, and money orders) signed, but with the payee’s name omitted; and
5) Securities or stock in bearer form or otherwise in a form that the funds can be transferred to another person.
However, the term “monetary instruments” does not include:
1) Checks or money orders made payable to the order of a named person which have not been endorsed or which bear restrictive endorsements;
2) Warehouse receipts; or
3) Bills of lading.
Reporting is required under the Currency and Foreign Transaction Reporting Act (PL 97-258, 31 U.S.C. 5311, et seq.), as amended. Failure to comply can result in civil and criminal penalties and may lead to forfeiture of your monetary instrument(s).
U.S. Customs and Border Protection ports can be located at - LINK
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Washington, D.C. 20229
CBP: Securing America’s Borders
Please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Website at - LINK
CBP Publication No. 0000-0503 Revised June 2006
Currency Reporting -- LINK