THE BUREAU OF ENGRAVING & PRINTING

Times: Public Tours: 9:00am – 10:45am & 12:30pm – 2:00pm (every 15 minutes). Extended Summer Hours: (MAY-AUG): 2:00pm – 3:45pm (every 15 minutes) & 5:00pm – 7:00pm (every 15 minutes)

Guests will enjoy visiting the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. You will see millions of dollars being printed as you walk along the gallery overlooking the production floor. The tour is approximately 40 minutes long and includes an introductory film and gallery tour of the production process. The Visitor Center includes exhibits and currency products for sale.

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is the largest security documents in the United States. The BEP prints billions of Federal Reserve Notes for delivery to the Federal Reserve System each year (the BEP does not produce coins – all coinage of minted by the United States Mint). These notes are produced at the facilities in Washington D.C. and Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to U.S. currency, the BEP produces several other security documents such as portions of U.S. passports, materials for Homeland Security, military identification cards, and Immigration and Naturalization Certificates.

All products are designed and manufactured with advanced counterfeit deterrence features to ensure product integrity. The BEP also advises other Federal agencies on document security matters. In addition, the BEP processes claims for the redemption of mutilated currency. The BEP’s research and development efforts focus on the continued use of automation in the production process and counterfeit deterrent technologies for use in security documents especially United States currency.

* Please bear with us during this time of heightened security, and be advised that all tour policies are subject to change without public notification.

In the event that Department of Homeland Security threat level is elevated to Code Orange, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing will be closed to the public unless otherwise noted. The security threat level is currently at Code Yellow. The Bureau is closed on weekends, federal holidays and the week between Christmas and New Years.

Free tickets are required for all tours from the first Monday in March through the last Friday in August, on a first-come, first-served basis. The ticket booth is located in Raoul Wallenberg Place (formerly 15th Street). They offer same day tickets only. The Ticket Booth opens at 8:00am – Monday through Friday, and closes when all tickets have been distributed. Lines form early (some days as early as 5:30am) and tickets go quickly, most days (especially during the first two weeks in April – Cherry Blossom/Spring break) tickets are gone by 8:30am. Please plan accordingly.

** The cost is more for this site because the guide has to be in line by 6am in order to get tickets. The ticket window opens at 8am. Price for the Guide is based on a Morning Tour of the BEP. If the tour is in the afternoon, additional costs may be incurred.