Monetary instruments include:
1) U.S. or foreign coins and currency;
2) Travelers checks in any form;
3) Negotiable instruments (including checks, promissory notes, and money orders) that are either in bearer form, endorsed without restriction, made out to a fictitious payee, or otherwise in a form that the funds can be transferred to another;
4) Incomplete instruments (including checks, promissory notes, and money orders) signed, but with the payee’s name omitted; and
5) Securities or stocks in bearer form or otherwise in a form which ownership can be transferred to another.
However, the term “monetary instruments” does not include:
1) Checks or money orders made payable to the order of an individual or entity which have not been endorsed or which bear restrictive endorsements;
2) Warehouse receipts; or
3) Bills of lading.
Reporting is required under the Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting
Act of 1970 (better known as the Bank Secrecy Act) (31 U.S.C. § 5311,
et seq.), as amended. Failure to comply can result in civil and criminal penalties and may lead to seizure and forfeiture of your monetary instruments.