In order to protect your money and keep counterfeiting low, the United States government continues to enhance the security of its currency. The counterfeiters aren’t standing still, and neither are we.

The new $100 note is the latest denomination of U.S. currency to be redesigned with enhanced security features. It is the final denomination in a family of redesigned notes that was first introduced with the $20 note in 2003 and includes $50, $10 and $5 notes.

Protect Your Money From Counterfeiters

Even with the most technologically advanced security features, it is you – the educated user of U.S. currency – who continues to be the first and best line of defense against counterfeiting.

Each redesigned denomination has easy-to-use security features that are effective in the fight against counterfeiting. It only takes a few seconds to check your note to know it’s real. Protect yourself by learning the easy-to-use security features in the redesigned $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 notes.

Old-Design Notes Remain Valid

It’s important to know that it is not necessary to trade in your old-design notes for new ones. All U.S. currency remains legal tender, regardless of when it was issued.

Some Things Remain the Same

The redesigned notes remain the same size and use the same, but enhanced, portraits and historical images. Above all, U.S. currency users will continue to recognize the redesigned notes as quintessentially American. The design updates not only add complexity to the note to make counterfeiting more difficult, but also include other features that help the public distinguish the denomination, including those persons with visual impairments.

A Note About Color

While the addition of subtle background color to the redesigned notes adds complexity to the designs, it should not be used to verify a note’s authenticity because color can easily be duplicated by counterfeiters.

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