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Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Fourteenth and C Streets SW., Washington, DC 20228


DIRECTORLeonard R. Olijar
Deputy Director(vacancy)

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing operates on basic authorities conferred by act of July 11, 1862 (31 U.S.C. 303), and on additional authorities contained in past appropriations made to the Bureau that are still in force. A revolving fund established in 1950, in accordance with Public Law 81–656, finances the Bureau's operations. The Secretary of the Treasury selects the Director who heads the Bureau.

The Bureau designs, prints, and finishes all of the Nation's paper currency and many other security documents, including White House invitations and military identification cards. It also is responsible for advising and assisting Federal agencies in the design and production of other Government documents that, because of their innate value or for other reasons, require security or counterfeit-deterrence characteristics.

The Bureau also operates a second currency manufacturing plant at 9000 Blue Mound Road, Fort Worth, TX. Phone, 817-231-4000.

Sources of Information

Archived Records

The "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States" indicates that BEP records have been assigned to record group 318.

Business Opportunities

For information on contracts and small business activities, visit the "Doing Business with the BEP" Web page or contact the Office of Acquisition. Phone, 202-874-2065.

Career Opportunities

The BEP relies on acquisition specialists, administrative staff, attorneys, chemists, engineers, police officers, security specialists, and other professionals to carry out its mission.

Among 420 agency subcomponents, the BEP placed 113th in the Partnership for Public Service's 2019 Best Places To Work rankings.

Contact Information

Email and postal addresses and phone numbers for the BEP facilities in Washington, DC, and Fort Worth, TX, are posted on the "Contact Us" web page.

Currency Production

The production of U.S. currency involves highly trained and skilled craftspeople, specialized equipment, and a combination of traditional old world printing techniques merged with sophisticated, cutting edge technology. To learn more about the process, visit the "How Money is Made" Web page.

Educational Resources

The U.S. currency education program offers free educational and training resources online.

Federal Register

Documents that the BEP recently published in the Federal Register are accessible online.

Federal Reserve

The BEP provides answers to some common questions about the Federal Reserve.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

All Federal agencies, including the BEP, create and receive records when carrying out their missions. The FOIA gives the right to access executive branch agency records to the public. The BEP makes available, upon written request, records or extracts of records in accordance with the FOIA, the Privacy Act, and certain regulations of the Department of the Treasury. The FOIA contains, however, exemptions that shield some records from request and disclosure. Phone, 202-874-2500. Fax, 202-874-2951.

The BEP maintains an electronic FOIA library.


The BEP posted a 11-page booklet in Portable Document Format (PDF) for viewing and downloading. "About BEP" contains a section on the Bureau's history and has images illustrating the activities, history, and products of the Bureau.

The "Image Gallery" web page contains four sections: artwork, engravings, photographs, and products.

Lifespan of Paper Money

The estimated lifespans of one, five, ten, twenty, fifty and one hundred dollar notes are posted in an online table.

Mail Order Sales

Uncut sheets of currency, engraved Presidential portraits, historical engravings of national landmarks, and other souvenirs and mementos are available for purchase by phone and online. Phone, 800-456-3408.


The BEP posts press releases online.

Serial Numbers

A short explanation of the serial numbers that are printed on notes is available in the "Resources" section.


BEP public tours have been suspended as a precaution to limit the spread of COVID–19.