Bureau of Engraving and Printing

by Stephan Smith on February 16, 2011

You’ll be surprised how many people think that the United States Mint is the government agency responsible for manufacturing and printing the United States’ currency, the Federal Reserve note. If you thought the U.S. Mint was responsible for manufacturing and printing the United States dollar too, then I want to take this time to introduce you to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Who are they? The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is a United States government agency under the United States treasury department that is primarily responsible for printing Federal Reserve notes, which is currently considered the United States dollar. That’s right, it is not the United States Mint as many people believe.

Bureau of Engraving and Printing Building

Bureau of Engraving and Printing Building

Below is a map that shows the location of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

The address of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is:
14th and C Streets, S.W., Washington, DC 20228

Interesting Facts About the Bureau of Engraving and Printing

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing…

  • is officially abbreviated BEP.
  • does not produce United States coins.
  • prints billions of Federal Reserve notes every year.
  • sends the newly printed Federal Reserve notes directly to the Federal Reserve System.
  • produces award certificates, identification card, invitations, admission cards and other documents.
  • is the largest producer of United States government security documents.
  • has locations in Washington D.C. and Fort Worth, Texas.

Something that is quite interesting to me, and honestly makes no sense, is that the United States gave up its right to create, issue and regulate its own currency to a semi-private, quasi-government institution like the Federal Reserve. Then allowed the Federal Reserve System give the arduous responsibility of manufacturing the currency to the people of the United States through the fully public, government ran institution called the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. To add insult to injury, once the currency is completed, they are all sent right back to the Federal Reserve so that they can do what they want with it. Just a side thought.

If you would like to learn more about the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, visit its website at moneyfactory.gov.



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Alice April 19, 2012 at 4:02 PM

I have to say, this page helped me a lot. Thank you so much for writing this!

-Alice

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