View PDF

The full text on this page is automatically extracted from the file linked above and may contain errors and inconsistencies.

Federal R eserve Bank
OF DALLAS
WILLIAM H. WALLACE
FIR S T VICE P R E S ID E N T

December 11 , 1985

dallas,
texas 75222

Circular 85-145

TO:

The Chief Executive Officer of all
depository institutions in the
Eleventh Federal Reserve District

SUBJECT
The new look to U.S. Government checks
DETAILS
The U.S. Treasury Department will begin this month issuing government
checks that have a substantially different look. The familiar green punched
card check is being replaced with an all new colorful paper one. Most people
will accept the change without question. Yet some may be confused by the new
check or wonder if it is genuine. I'm sure that you will appreciate the
importance of your employees and your customers knowing about this change.

ATTACHMENTS
Attached are a flyer and a fact sheet which describe the new
government check.

MORE INFORMATION
For more information, please contact Andrew W. Hogwood, Jr., at (214)
651-6341.
Sincerely yours,

For additional copies of any circular please contact the Public Affairs Department at (214) 651-6289. Banks and others are
encouraged to use the following incoming WATS numbers in contacting this Bank (800) 442-7140 (intrastate) and (800)
527-9200 (interstate).

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

U.S.Government Checks
HaveA Brand NewLook.
*5

i-oooa*

U.S. Government checks
now look a lot different than
they used to. The familiar
green punched-card check is
being replaced with a brand
new paper check.
Most people will auto­
matically accept the change
without question. Yet some
may be confused by the new
check or wonder if it’s
genuine. T h at’s why it’s so
important to communicate
the facts about the new U.S.
Government check.
On the face of the new
check is a picture of the Statue
of Liberty printed on a multi­
colored background. A pattern
of the letters “U SA ” is printed
in pale blue on the reverse side.
This new design is the product
of the latest technology, mak­
ing government checks much
more difficult to alter or coun­
terfeit.
But that’s not all. Since the
new checks are printed on light­
weight paper that costs less to
buy and store, they’ saving the
re
government $6 million a year.
FL-]

The U.S. Government
issues about 600 million checks
per year. Soon, everyone who re­
ceives U.S. Government checks
will be getting new ones. Many
people already have! The new
checks will be used for Social
Security payments, tax refunds,
Veterans Compensation,
federal employee payroll
and more.

Department of the Treasury

.

But what about the old
checks? If you happen to re­
ceive the green or other color
punched-card check, there’s no
problem—it’s still good. Cash­
ing the new checks should be
no problem either. W e’ve told
everyone who cashes checks
to be on the lookout for the
brand new look of U.S. Gov­
ernment checks.

Financial Management Service

F A C T SHEET
Security Features
U.S. T r e a s u r y P a p e r C h e c k
The b a c k of the c h e c k c o n t a i n s a p a t t e r n of "US A" r e p e a t e d
o v e r the e n t i r e c h e c k in n o n - r e p r o d u c i b l e b l u e ink, e x c e p t for
the a r e a a b o v e the e n d o r s e m e n t line.
The e n d o r s e m e n t li ne
i t s e l f is a s e r i e s of " U S A " w h e n m a g n i f i e d .
The p a t t e r n on
the b a c k of the c h e c k b e c o m e s i n v i s i b l e w h e n m i c r o f i l m e d .
W h e n the b a c k of the c h e c k is p h o t o c o p i e d , the h i d d e n w o r d
" V O I D " a p p e a r s on the copy.
S a f e t y p a p e r u s e d in the c h e c k w i l l s h o w a p o s i t i v e and
o b v i o u s c h e m i c a l r e a c t i o n u p o n any a t t e m p t at a l t e r a t i o n of
w r i t i n g on the p a p e r s u r f a c e u s i n g ink e r a d i c a t o r s , m e c h a n i c a l
e r a s u r e , etc.
The face of the c he ck , i n c l u d i n g the S t a t u e of L i b e r t y and
s ea l of the U n i t e d S t a t e s T r e a s u r y , are c l e a r and s h a r p l y
printed.
D e t a i l s of the S t a t u e a p p e a r e n g r a v e d and w i l l not
be s p o t t e d , s m e a r e d , or f i l l e d in w i t h e x c e s s i v e ink.
The
e n t i r e c h e c k wi ll f l u o r e s c e w h e n p l a c e d u n d e r a b l a c k lig ht.
The p r e - p r i n t e d M I C R i n f o r m a t i o n a l o n g the b o t t o m of the
c h ec k, c o n s i s t i n g of a 4 - d i g i t c h e c k s y m b o l n u m b e r a nd a c h e c k
dig it , an 8 - d i g i t t r a n s i t n u m b e r and a c h e c k dig it , and an
8 - d i g i t c h e c k s e r i a l n u m b e r and a c h e c k dig it , s h o u l d be
clearly printed.
The c h e c k s y m b o l an d s e r i a l n u m b e r in the
M I C R li ne ( w i t h o u t c h e c k d i g i t s ) w i l l c o r r e s p o n d to the s y m b o l
a nd s e r i a l n u m b e r p r e - p r i n t e d in the u p p e r r i g h t h a n d c o r n e r
of the c h ec k.
Th e
the
not
the

p a t t e r n e d b a c k g r o u n d on the fro nt of the c h ec k, i n c l u d i n g
S t a t u e of L i b e r t y s i l h o u e t t e , s h o u l d be d i s c e r n a b l e but
bold, a nd not i n t e r f e r e w i t h the p r i n t i n g on the face of
che ck .

The c o l o r s on the face of the c h e c k s h o u l d be p a l e p a s t e l ,
c h a n g i n g f r o m li g h t b l u e on the left, t h r o u g h g r e e n in the
m i d d l e , to l i g h t p e a c h on the rig ht.
S t a i n s w i l l a p p e a r in the n a m e of the p a y e e or in the a m o u n t
p r i n t e d on the c h e c k if an a t t e m p t is m a d e to a l t e r the c h e c k
in t h e s e are as.

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