United States Treasury Check Verification Online: Treasury Check Verification System – TCVS

United States Treasury Check Verification Online: Treasury Check Verification System – TCVS

Issue information for U.S. Treasury checks can be verified provided that the financial institution has a valid routing transit number, check number and check amount.

Treasury checks that are older than 13-months old will not be available in this application. These checks should not be cashed by your institution since they are no longer valid after one year. Please inform the payee to contact the issuing agency for additional information.

Please note not all U.S. Treasury checks will contain the unique secure seal. Therefore lack of this seal does not imply the check is a counterfeit.

If no issue record is in the Treasury Check Verification System (TCVS), it does not mean the check is invalid. Please note TCVS was created as a tool to assist in fraud detection, you still need to verify the security features of a U.S. Treasury Check. Also, while not common, a US Treasury Check can be hand signed as opposed to signed by an automated process.

URL : https://tcvs.fiscal.treasury.gov/

This website is available for use 7 days a week from 6:00am to 12:00am ET.

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U.S. Treasury Check Security Features

Bleeding Ink

On All checks, the U.S. Treasury seal, located to the right of the Statue of Liberty contains security ink that turns reddish when moisture is applied to the black ink

Treasury Seal

The seal identifies the “Bureau of the Fiscal Service” or “Financial Management Service.” The previous seal reflecting “Financial Management Service” will be seen in rotation until this check stock runs out


Microprinted words are so small they appear as just a line to the naked eye. However, when magnified, they become visible. Microprinting cannot be duplicated by a copier and when a check is counterfeited, it will often show up as a solid line or a series of dots. The U.S. Treasury check has three areas where microprinting is used.

U.S. Treasury Check


All U.S. Treasury checks are printed on watermarked paper. The watermark reads “U.S. TREASURY” and can be seen from both the front and back of the check when held up to a light. The watermark is light and cannot be reproduced by a copier. Any check not having the watermark should be suspected as being counterfeit or copied.

Ultraviolet Overprinting Pattern

A protective ultraviolet pattern, invisible to the naked eye, consisting of four lines of “FMS” or “FISCALSERVICE” bracketed by the “Fiscal Service” or “Financial Management Service” seal on the left and United States Seal (eagle) on the right. This pattern can usually be found under the payee information and dollar amount area. The FISCAL SERVICE pattern and seals can be detected under a black light. If the amount box is shaved or altered in any way, a space will be created in the ultraviolet area. When exposed to black light, the ink used in the pattern and the seal will glow. This fluorescent quality cannot be photocopied

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