Does writing on ₹2000, ₹500, ₹200 or ₹100 notes make them invalid?

Writing anything on a banknote doesn’t make it invalid. It remains a legal tender. However, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) expects people not to write anything on currency notes as it defaces them and reduces their life.

So if you find Rs 2000, Rs 500, Rs 200, Rs 100, Rs 50 or Rs 20 notes with something scribbled on them, you can consider them valid without fear.

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The government’s official fact-checker, PIB Fact Check, has highlighted the above issue in response to a fake claim being circulated on social media. The fake message claimed that as per the new RBI guidelines, writing anything on new notes make them invalid.

What the Fake Message Claimed
“As per New Guidelines of Reserve Bank of India, Writing anything on new notes makes the note invalid & it will no more be a legal tender,” the message circulated on the social media said.


Classifying the above claim as fake, PIB Fact Check tweeted, “NO, Bank notes with scribbling are not invalid & continue to be legal tender.”