Is It Legal?

Can You Legally Write or Stamp on US Dollar Bills?

YES. Many people assume that it’s illegal to stamp or write on paper currency, but it’s not.

Basically, there are three things you CANNOT do to USD paper currency:

  1. You CANNOT change the denomination — for example, you cannot add two zeros to a one dollar bill and pretend that it’s a one hundred dollar bill. That’s illegal.
  2. You CANNOT burn, shred, or destroy currency, rendering it unfit for circulation.
  3. You CANNOT advertise a business on paper currency. For example, if you own a Bagel shop, you cannot stamp “Eat at Joe’s Bagel’s” on a dollar.

But don’t take our word for it, see what US Law has to say on this topic: