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Federal Reserve Bank
OF DALLAS
T O N Y J . SA L V A G G IO
F IR S T V IC E p r e s i d e n t

April 2, 1992

DALLAS, TEXAS 75222

Notice 92-28
TO:

The Chief Operating Officer of each
depository financial institution in
the Eleventh Federal Reserve District
SUBJECT
New Security Enhancements to U.S. Treasury Checks
DETAILS

The accompanying Department of the Treasury news release details new
security features for U.S. Treasury checks.
Implementation of these enhance­
mentswill begin in
April and will be completed by the end of the
year.
Also, as a reminder from the Treasury, pleasedo not accept,
process, or send Treasury card checks to the Federal Reserve. Card checks
were discontinued on December 31, 1985, and have been invalid since November
1, 1990.
ATTACHMENT
2, 1992,

A copy of the Department of the T r e a s u r y ’s news release
is printed on the reverse of this notice.

dated April

MORE INFORMATION
If you have any questions, please contact Robert Whitman, (214)
698-4357, at the Dallas Office; Eloise Guinn, (915) 521-8201, at the El Paso
Branch; Luke Richards, (713) 652-1544, at the Houston Branch; or Herb Barbee,
(512) 978-1402, at the San Antonio Branch.
For additional copies of this B a n k ’s notice, please contact the
Public Affairs Department at (214) 651-6289.
Sincerely,

r

For additional copies, bankers and others are encouraged to use one of the following toll-free numbers in contacting the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas:
Dallas Office (800) 333-4460; El Paso Branch Intrastale (800) 592-1631, Interstate (800) 351-1012; Houston Branch Intrastate (800) 392-4162,
Interstate (800) 221-0363; San Antonio Branch Intrastate (800) 292-5810.

This publication was digitized and made available by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas' Historical Library (FedHistory@dal.frb.org)

NEWS
RELEASE
Date:

April 2, 1992

Department o f the Treasury
FinancialManagement Service
Washington, D.C. 20227
202/874-6750

Contact:

Yvonne Hall 202/874-6750

NEW S E C U R IT Y ENHANCEMENTS TO U . S .

TREASURY CHECKS

FMS will begin phasing-in Treasury checks containing new security
enhancements in April. All Treasury-disbursed checks with the
new security features will be phased-in by the end of the year.
Non-Treasury Disbursed checks, such as those issued by DOD, will
have to be phased-in by the end of 1993.
The security features include:
•

•

Removal of USA pattern on back containing the hidden word
VOID. The back of the check will
remain blank with the
exception of the WARNING notice.
Addition of a watermark on check that can be seen from the
front and back and which reads: "U.S. TREASURY". The
watermark can be detected by holding check up to light.

•

Addition of fluorescence on front with the FMS seal, four
lines of FMS, and then the United
States seal (Eagle)
covering the Amount box. The seals will be detectable under
a black light.

•

Darkening of colors on the check face and the enhancement of
the Blue Statue of Liberty (right center on check face).

•

WARNING notice on back. This notice instructs cashiers to
hold the checks to the light in order to view and verify the
new watermark before cashing checks.


Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, One Federal Reserve Bank Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63102