Defacing Currency

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dollar bill 100Many people wonder if it is legal to write on dollar bills or stamp them. There aren’t any laws that say writing or stamping on dollar bills is illegal. It is true, however that defacing United States Currency is a punishable offense. The Secret Service is actually responsible for any matters concerning the defacement of dollar bills. The United States Department of Treasury’s Bureau of Printing and Engraving website describes the regulation as follows:

“Defacement of currency is a violation of Title 18, Section 333 of the United States Code. Under this provision, currency defacement is generally defined as follows: Whoever mutilates, cuts, disfigures, perforates, unites or cements together, or does any other thing to any bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt issued by any national banking association, Federal Reserve Bank, or Federal Reserve System, with intent to render such item(s) unfit to be reissued, shall be fined not more than $100 or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.”

“Defacement of currency in such a way that it is made unfit for circulation comes under the jurisdiction of the United States Secret Service. Their mailing address is:

United States Secret Service
950 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20223.

The United States Secret Service web address is”

So, basically, if you can still read and spend the money, no harm is done.
But DO NOT stamp or write on the dollar bills since we do not approve such a way to follow your US currency.

Also, don’t mutilate the bill or “krazy-glue” it to another bill. Keep the law in mind, and if you have the urge to disfigure or perforate your money, think about whether or not it is worth spending six months in jail.

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2 Responses to “Defacing Currency”

  1. END THE FED! Says:

    If only those responsible for the DEBASEMENT OF OUR CURRENCY were put in jail!

  2. Lionface Says:

    Six months? Seriously? That’s ridiculous. Only goes to show how infatuated with money our disgusting government is. Who the hell cares if a piece of paper gets messed up?

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