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Meaningful Access Program


Currency readers have resumed shipping.  However, due to the Coronavirus situation, please expect delays in processing requests.  We will continue to monitor the situation and will post updates on this page as available.

For questions about an existing reader, please call (202) 707-0048.  For questions about new readers or the U.S. Currency Reader Program, email

iBill Talking Banknote Identifier

BEP provides currency readers, free of charge, to all eligible blind and visually impaired U.S. citizens and national residents.

The device is small, compact, and runs on a triple-A battery, which is included.  To use the currency reader, simply insert a U.S. bill into the reader and press the button.  The device will tell the note’s denomination.


Applications, available in English and in Spanish, can be downloaded here.

The BEP encourages organizations that support the blind and visually impaired community to distribute these materials, incorporate the information provided into individualized communications, or link to this website.

Contact us for additional questions or comments about the U.S. Currency Reader Program you may call (844) 815-9388 toll-free or email

We appreciate your help in distributing information about the U.S. Currency Reader Program, but please be aware there are restrictions on the use of Government symbols and agency names.   31 U.S.C. §333 prohibits using the name, symbol, or emblem of the Department of the Treasury or any of its bureaus as part of any advertisement, solicitation, business activity, or product in a manner that could be interpreted or construed as endorsement by the Department of the Treasury or any of its bureaus.

More about the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), The Library of Congress:  NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials available to U.S. residents and citizens living abroad whose low vision, blindness, or physical handicap makes it difficult to read a standard printed page.  More information about the program and other services provided by NLS can be viewed at
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