The Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s mission is to develop and produce United States currency notes, trusted worldwide. BEP’s vision is to set the world standard for banknotes and document security through excellence in manufacturing and innovation.
The BEP prints billions of dollars – referred to as Federal Reserve notes – each year for delivery to the Federal Reserve System. The Federal Reserve operates as the nation's central bank and serves to ensure that adequate amounts of currency and coin are in circulation. The BEP does not produce coins – all U.S. coinage is minted by the United States Mint. The BEP also advises other federal agencies on document security matters.
The BEP's robust research and development efforts focus on counterfeit deterrent technologies and production process efficiencies. The BEP develops overt and covert security features for U.S. currency that keep the number of counterfeits in circulation low.