Redeeming stained and discoloured banknotes

If you have a stained or discoloured banknote, you can normally take it to a bank to replace it. The Riksbank also has the possibility to redeem banknotes that are stained and discoloured. The Riksbank complies with the Swedish Act on Measures against Money Laundering and therefore needs to check where the banknotes have come from. You must therefore explain in your application, in as much detail as possible, exactly where you got the stained and discoloured banknotes. Please also enclose any supporting documentation, such as receipts, account statements or similar that confirm your explanation. If you are acting as proxy for someone else, you need to send in a power-of-attorney document.

NB! The Riksbank does not accept foreign banknotes for redemption.

NB! The Riksbank does not return the banknotes if they are not redeemed. This is because the Riksbank is responsible for ensuring that the banknotes in circulation are valid. Invalid banknotes should not be accepted by banks and retailers.

How you redeem your stained and discoloured banknotes

Please note that we do not have any office you can visit to redeem the banknotes, you need to send them by post as one of the alternatives below.

Fill in the form for Request for the redemption of damaged or discoloured Swedish banknotes (PDF), print it out and sign it. After that, you should send the form together with the banknotes to the Riksbank by post.

If you would like to have your money deposited in an account in a foreign bank, we ask you to use the form.

After you have completed the form, you should send the banknotes to the Riksbank, we can accept normal post as well as recommended and registered letters. Contact your local post office for information on the postal service's insurance terms.

The address is:

Sveriges Riksbank Inlösen/Redemption of banknotes
103 37 Stockholm

Once we have received your request we will begin to process it within 3 to 6 weeks. At that point an automated confirmation e-mail will be sent to you if an e-mail address was given on the form. Upon approval of your request the Riksbank will make a transfer to the bank account stated on your request without additional notifications.

It is not possible to send coins to the Riksbank, as we do not redeem coins.

Do you have any questions?

Contact the Riksbank, telephone 08-787 09 06. Telephone hours are non-holiday weekdays, 08.00–12.00. You can also contact us by email at

Read more about the Swedish Act on Measures against Money Laundering on the web site of the Swedish Banker's Association

Updated 04/07/2019

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