On May 11, 2004, the Mexican Legislative Power modified Article 4 of the Monetary Law of the United Mexican States by stating: “Banco de México’s banknotes will remain unlimited legal tender and must contain one or several features that allow visually impaired persons to identify their denomination.” 

In compliance with the above amendment, in December 2005, Banco de México put into circulation 100-, 200-, and 500-peso banknotes with distinctive intaglio and embossing perceptible by touch for each denomination. Subsequently, F-type banknotes were designed with 7 mm length differences between one denomination and the next, in addition to the intaglio and embossing for the visually impaired. The F-type banknote consists of six denominations: 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1000 pesos. F-type banknotes entered into circulation gradually between November 2006 and August 2010.

After conducting several studies, Banco de México designed a clipboard facilitating the identification of F-type banknote denominations to visually impaired people. The clipboard is made of plastic and allows identifying banknote denominations by their length differences and the use of Braille characters. These clipboards started to be distributed in November 2012.

Currently, Banco de México is gradually putting into circulation a new banknote type (G). The 500-peso banknote entered into circulation on August 27, 2018; the 200-peso banknote was put into circulation on September 2, 2019; the 100-peso banknote on November 12, 2020, the 1000-peso banknote on November 20, 2020, the 20-peso banknote, commemorative of the bicentennial of Mexico's Independence, on September 24, 2021, and the 50-peso banknote was put into circulation on October 28, 2021. In addition to the length difference between one and the next consecutive denomination, G-type notes have intaglio and embossing for the visually impaired, which are different from those used in F-type banknotes. For this reason, Banco de México designed a new clipboard that helps to identify F- and G-type banknote denominations. The new clipboard started to be distributed simultaneously with the putting into circulation of the 200-peso banknote; that is, September 2019.

The banknote clipboard is free of charge. Its sale is prohibited. To request it or for more information, call 800-BANXICO (800-226-9426) or send an e-mail to dinero@banxico.org.mx

Directory of institutions that have the banknote clipboard

Background information (PDF)