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The New $100 Note. Know Its Features. Know It's Real.

Resources for Banknote Equipment Manufacturers


Recent Change in the Production of Federal Reserve Notes

A recent change has occurred in the production process of Federal Reserve notes. In order to increase efficiency, the Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing is using equipment that allows Federal Reserve notes to be printed on larger sheets of paper. Find out more about the production changes and how they affect the $1 note in this video. For more information about this change, please visit the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

The U.S. government encourages businesses that make cash-handling equipment, or Banknote Equipment Manufacturers (BEM), to ensure their machines accept new note designs. Whether you produce bill acceptors, develop firmware or build systems such as bill payment kiosks and self-checkout systems, is here to provide you with the information that you need to stay up to date.


To Receive Test Notes for Banknote Machines  

To prepare for system updates, the U.S. government provides approved BEMs with test versions of a new note design before it is issued to the public. If you would like to receive test notes, but your company is not currently an approved BEM, please review the application procedures. For more information about this program, contact Ms. Wendy Haines at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing by email at  or phone at 1-202-874-1390.


Test Notes for Approved Banknote Equipment Manufacturers  

For the approved BEMs, we encourage you to keep your customers apprised of the expected timelines for machine updates for new notes.


In addition to new notes, counterfeit notes and genuine notes of varying degrees of fitness are available for testing purposes through the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond's Currency Technology Office (CTO). Before a vendor can have access to these notes they must:

1. Be on the BEP's approved vendor list.
2. Sign a non-disclosure agreement with the CTO.
3. Schedule an appointment with the CTO.
4. For more information about this program, email the CTO at

Featured Materials More Materials

  • Education Resource Kit

    Education Resource Kit
    This kit includes a newsletter article, a quick reference guide, fact sheets, and more. These materials are ready for duplication or publication in your organization’s newsletter or on its website, to educate employees, customers, or members of your organization.

  • Multinote Booklet

    Multinote Booklet
    This 12-page booklet contains detailed information about the security and design features in the redesigned $100 note and those in the current-design $5, $10, $20, and $50 notes.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When will I start to see the new design $100 note in circulation?

    The redesigned $100 note will begin circulating on October 8, 2013. Once it is issued, any commercial bank, savings and loan, or credit union that orders $100 notes from the Federal Reserve will have its order filled with the new design. Distance, demand, and the policies of individual financial institutions will be the deciding factors in how quickly redesigned $100 notes reach the public, both in the U.S. and in international markets.

  • How can my company get test decks of the note to ensure we are developing the right software and hardware to accept the new $100 notes?

    If you currently work for a BEP-approved BEM, contact Ms. Wendy Haines at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing by email at or phone at 1-202-874-1390. If your company is not currently an approved vendor, please review the application procedures.

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