LAS CRUCES – Las Cruces police received two reports over the weekend of movie props that were approved as legal tender over the weekend, a press release said Monday.

In the press release, police stated that movie props may look like real currency, but in most cases they don’t have the same texture.

According to the police, movie prop bills are usually slightly smaller in size than the actual currency. It usually also has wording identifying it as a fake currency. For example, movie prop money typically reads:

  • “For use in films only” at the top of the bill.
  • The word “copy” is usually printed on both sides of the invoice.
  • “This notice is not legal tender” or “For film use only” is usually printed on one or more sides of the invoice.
  • Often the name of the president is left out or changed.
  • The serial numbers are often the same for all movie props.

It is not illegal to have money for movie props. However, passing on movie props or an illegal currency could be classified as a criminal offense or federal crime depending on its use, police said.

Anyone who receives suspected prop money or illegally made invoices in actual currency should call the police immediately at 575-526-0795.