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US Bureau of Engraving and Printing

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US Bureau of Engraving and Printing

The US Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is the largest producers of security documents in the United States. The BEP prints billions of US Federal Reserve Notes for delivery to the Federal Reserve System each year (the BEP does not produce coins - all coinage is produced by the United States Mint). These notes are produced at the BEP facilities in Washington DC and Fort Worth, Texas. The BEP produces several other specialty printing products, such as hand engraved invitations on behalf of the White House and various miscellaneous security documents for other government agencies.

The BEP manufactures the financial and other securities of the United States. Accordingly, the Bureau designs, prints and furnishes a large variety of security products, including Federal Reserve notes, Treasury securities, identification cards, naturalization certificates, and other special security documents.

For 111 years, the Bureau produced US postage stamps for the U.S. Postal Service but in mid-2005, the Bureau ceased U.S. postage stamp production.

All products are designed and manufactured with advanced counterfeit deterrence features to ensure product integrity and the Bureau advises other Federal agencies on document security matters. The Bureau also processes claims for the redemption of mutilated currency. The Bureau's research and development efforts focus on the continued use of automation in the production process and counterfeit deterrent technologies for use in security documents, especially US currency.

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