What You Need to Know About Your CBP Cash Seizure Receipt

Those entering or leaving the U.S. with more than $10,000 are obligated to report the monetary instruments to CBP.  Failure to make this declaration can result in seizure of the cash or monetary instruments.  This seizure can be devastating for many, taking from them the money that they very much need, and planned on using, in the United States. At the Law Offices of Paula M. Connelly, our experienced CBP cash seizure lawyers can help you to recover the funds from CBP after such a seizure.

What Is a Cash Seizure Receipt?

A cash seizure receipt is a written document that is provided to you following the seizure of any currency by the United States Custom and Border Protection. Officially called the Custody Receipt for Seized Property and Evidence, the receipt is a very important part of documenting the seizure and getting your cash back.

What Information Is Contained on a Cash Seizure Receipt?

Your cash seizure receipt will contain information that is essential to your case. This information includes:

  • The FPF (Fines, Penalties, and Forfeitures) number for your case, allowing for your case to be tracked;
  • How much money was seized;
  • Who the money was seized by (name of Customs and Border Protection agent);
  • Contact information for the Fines, Penalties, and Forfeitures office.

In addition to your cash seizure receipt, you should also be sent a notice of seizure in the mail. The notice of seizure also will contain the information above, as well as details about where the cash was seized, details of the seizure, and facts of the case, such as facts alleging that you did not report a currency amount of $10,000 or greater.

The applicable Fines, Penalties and Forfeitures Office will also issue a penalty notice to the claimant advising of the legal options for the seized cash.  These options include filing a petition to seek return of the funds.

Why Do I Need to Hang Onto My Cash Seizure Receipt?

Your cash seizure receipt is an important legal document that you should hold onto. Two the most critical reasons to keep your cash seizure receipt are:

  1. The cash seizure receipt provides the tracking number for your seizure; and
  2. The cash seizure receipt provides proof that your funds were actually seized, providing you with the opportunity to pursue a case to have the funds returned to you.

What Should I Do After Receiving My Cash Seizure Receipt?

As stated above, after you receive your cash seizure receipt, you will also receive a notice from the Fines, Penalties and Forfeitures office in the mail. Pay attention to how much time has elapsed from the date of seizure; you should receive the notice within a few weeks’ time. If you do not receive a notice, you should follow up with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Once you receive your notice, you must file a petition for relief, and do so within 30 days of receipt of notice. This is a legal document that should not be filled out on your own without the counsel of a legal professional.

Finally, here at the Law Offices of Paula M. Connelly, we have noticed an increase in the number of cash seizures for those visiting the U.S.  It is very important for travelers to and from the U.S. to understand that if they are carrying over $10,000 in monetary instruments, they must be reported to US CBP.  In addition, if a family is traveling together, you cannot distribute the money amongst yourselves in order to avoid the $10,000 per person limit.

Contact The Law Offices of Paula M. Connelly Today

With more than 25 years’ worth of experience, the Law Offices of Paula M. Connelly know what steps to take to protect your interests following a currency seizure. To learn more, call us today or request your initial case consultation by filling out the online form on our website. We are here to work for you!


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