New in 2015: US Government makes hand-held electronic U.S. currency (dollar bill) readers free to all who cannot read regular print.
Since U.S. Currency (dollar bills) are very difficult or impossible for individuals with low vision or who are blind to tell apart, any U.S. citizens, or persons legally residing in the U.S. who are blind or visually impaired can request a free currency reader from the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) by submitting an application. The application must be filled out completely, signed by an authority who can certify eligibility, and returned to the mailing address provided on the form.
The estimated timeframe for delivery of readers is six-to-eight weeks.
The Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired is an authorized organization that can certify eligibility.
You may print a copy of the application from the website www.moneyfactory.gov/uscurrencyreaderform.html and mail it to the address indicated on the form. You may also or call 1-844-815-9388 for other questions or to request a printed form of the application.