Note: Richmond and Baltimore customers should also refer to the specific packaging instructions defined below (item 4-a).
Contaminated currency is currency that has been damaged by or exposed to contaminants, poses a health hazard or safety risk, and cannot be processed under normal operating procedures. This definition does not apply to currency that has been exposed to a bio-terrorist agent (either biological or chemical). Please contact your local Cash office for specific instructions on handling currency exposed to a bio-terrorist agent.
Financial Institutions should obtain as much information as possible from their customer regarding the type and extent of the contamination before contacting the local Cash Office to deposit Contaminated Currency.
In general, contamination may be caused by the following:
The Federal Reserve Banks have developed the following special deposit requirements for the treatment of contaminated currency. These requirements help protect the safety of staff at the Federal Reserve Banks and within your financial institution.
Additional deposit requirements may apply to Institutions that have executed a contract governing international Currency activity in accordance with Section 3.1 of Operating Circular 2 and intend to make a deposit of Contaminated Currency relating to such activity. In that event, You should work with Your respective servicing FRB for guidance on any additional deposit requirements.
Prepare a contaminated currency deposit using the following step-by-step process:
If proper advance notification of a contaminated currency deposit does not occur, or if proper packaging requirements are not met, the Federal Reserve Banks reserve the right to return the deposit to the financial institution. For more information, contact your local Cash office.
The Federal Reserve does not accept deposits of Contaminated Coin. Customers who wish to deposit coin after decontamination should contact their FedCash Services contact.
You may contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for information on how to decontaminate coin.
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