Currency Reader Program


The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is providing currency readers, free of charge, to eligible blind and visually impaired individuals. Currency readers became widely available to all U.S. Citizens, or persons legally residing in the U.S. who are blind or visually impaired on January 2, 2015. Qualified residents interested in receiving a currency reader through the U.S. Currency Reader Program can submit an application through the Roanoke Taking Book Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Call 540-853-5689 for assistance.


Figure 1- Remote control on left and IR receiver on right

The NLS DTBM Remote Control Unit consists of two parts:

  1. The handheld remote control is approximately 5 inches long and 2½ inches wide with rounded ends. The top has a lens with a smooth texture that is different from the rest of the remote control, and the bottom has a pin for attachment to a lanyard (not included). The top should be aimed at the DTBM when attempting to control it. The surface of the remote control has 15 buttons that are identical in shape and function to the buttons of the DTBM advanced model. The only DTBM button not available on the remote control is Power On/Off.
  2. The IR receiver is a small USB device, approximately 2 inches square and 1 inch thick. The USB connector is near the bottom of the device