Banknote Checking Scheme

Check all notes carefully and join our free Banknote Checking Scheme

Join our free Banknote Checking Scheme

Protect your business from counterfeit banknotes and stay up-to-date on the latest banknote news.

Why you should join

The scheme is free and enables your business to:

  • reduce the financial loss and reputational risks caused by counterfeit banknotes
  • build a relationship with us - we’ll send you all the latest information about banknotes and learn from your experiences
  • support your communities by preventing the spread of counterfeits and the crime associated with them

Join our scheme

  • The scheme will help you to:

    • train your staff so they can confidently check notes at point of sale
    • make sure your staff know what to do with a counterfeit note
    • stay up-to-date with best practice
    • learn about important banknote developments

As a supporter of the scheme, you will:

  • receive a welcome pack containing all of our staff training materials on banknote checking and what to do with a counterfeit note
  • get a regular newsletter updating you on best practice and counterfeit news
  • be the first to hear about other important banknote developments such as the withdrawal of old notes
  • have a point of contact at the Bank of England for any banknote enquiries
  • help us to ensure the scheme continues to provide the right support to businesses

Who we’re working with 

Thousands of sites across the UK are already signed up to the scheme.  We also work with a number of Strategic Partners who help us to promote and develop the scheme.

The scheme covers Bank of England banknotes. Training materials and other information about Scottish and Northern Ireland banknotes are provided by the Association of Commercial Banknote Issuers, although our newsletters will update you on any major developments.

Association of Convenience Stores
Best Bar None
The BID Foundation
British Retail Consortium
Crimestoppers
National Business Crime Centre
Charity Retail Association
National Association of Business Crime Partnerships
National Crime Agency
National Police Chiefs’ Council
National Pubwatch
Petrol Retailers Association
National Pawnbrokers Association
Retailers Against Crime

The scheme covers Bank of England banknotes. Training materials and other information about Scottish and Northern Ireland banknotes are provided by the Association of Commercial Banknote Issuers, although our newsletters will update you on any major developments.

How to contact us about the scheme

If you have any questions about the scheme, you can email us at: banknotecheckingscheme@bankofengland.co.uk.

Don’t let counterfeit notes be a cost to your business, your customers or your reputation. 

This page was last updated 16 November 2021

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