MONEY ORDER IMPRINTER OPERATING
Operation of the money order imprinter is broken
down into 5 easy steps. See figure 8-22 while reading
the steps listed below.
Step 1: Setting the date:
From left to right align the date fingertip key tabs
to the face plate numerals as follows:
· YEAR: The light gray key tab should be aligned
to the proper decade digit, the dark grey key tab
to the year digit.
· MONTH: The light gray key tab should be
aligned to the proper ten digit of the month, the
dark gray key tab, to the unit digit.
· DAY: The light gray key tab should be set to the
proper ten digit, and the dark gray key tab, to the
unit digit of the day.
NOTE: The repeated digit in all of the 10 columns of the
date section are to assure long character life in these
frequently used digit columns.
Always ensure the correct date is set on the
imprinter before beginning the business day.
Step 2: Setting the dollar amount:
Align the DOLLAR and CENT keys to the proper
digits on the faceplate for the desired money order
amount. Verify the desired amount in the verification
windows of the imprinter before inserting a blank
money order form set.
NOTE: The $1,000.00 and $100.00 columns have been
fitted with stops (red plastic strips) to help prevent
amounts from being printed over the current postal
service limits. These stops can be adjusted for future
Step 3: Aligning the money order form set:
Place the money order form set face up into the
alignment tray of the imprinter (perforated tab/stub to
the left). The red guideline should appear on the tray
base to the left of the money order set stub when the
form is in the proper location.
To avoid serious damage to the imprinter, never
actuate the operating lever without a form set inserted
into the imprinter. Ensure that the operating lever is in
its full resting position before attempting to change
position of any of the date or dollar amount keys.
Step 4: Operating lever imprint stroke:
Grasp the grip handle of the operating lever
assembly with your right hand and pull the lever all the
way forward and down until it reaches the bottom of its
stroke (listen for the popping sound).
NOTE: To assure a quality imprint, a built-in ratchet
mechanism will not allow the operating lever to be
returned to its rest position until a complete lever stroke
has been made.
Hold onto the handle and allow it to return to its
full rest position.
Remove the form set from the
imprinter and return all DOLLAR and CENT keys to
their safe (no value) positions.
Step 5: Checking the imprint of the money order:
After imprinting the money order, check the
imprint to assure that the correct value and date were
Also check to make sure that there is no
overstrike of the imprint onto the money order serial
Remove the money order voucher (white portion ),
and the carbons from the set. You must retain all
vouchers and carbons to complete your money order
business report at the end of the day. Maintain the
vouchers in serial number sequence throughout the
You must maintain serial number continuity;
always use the form with the lowest serial number first.
If you issue a money order out of serial number
sequence, DO NOT recall or spoil it; rather, return to
the proper sequence as soon as possible.
SECURITY OF MONEY ORDER
The money order imprinter must be kept secured at
all times (out of the reach of customers) because it can
be used to print negotiable instruments. The money
order imprinter is considered accountable equipment
and its loss will be reported as a postal offense.
Q8-38. What is the first step in operating the money
Q8-39. The money order imprinter is not required to
be stowed in a locked container when not in
use; however, it is considered as a piece of
accountable equipment and should be kept out
of sight. (True/False)
Now turn to appendix 1 to check your answers.