SOP for ₹2000 Banknote Booking at Post Offices Counters : What You Need to Know



Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has been introduced that outlines the process for ₹2000 denomination banknotes being booked at post office counters. This move, aligned with the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) regulations, seeks to streamline the handling of high-value currency transactions. Here's what you need to understand about the withdrawal of ₹2000 banknotes from circulation and the steps you need to follow under the new system.


Overview of the SOP :


The SOP comes at a time when the circulation of ₹2000 banknotes is being meticulously regulated. The RBI, aiming to prevent misuse and keep the flow of these banknotes transparent, has collaborated with the postal department to set up a clear procedure. The SOP details include the permissible amounts for transaction, the booking process, the role of post office personnel, and the mandatory inclusion of the sender’s details and declaration.


Step-by-Step Guide for Customers :


For customers looking to send ₹2000 denomination notes through the post office, the process is now straightforward:

1.      Visit your local head post office or sub-post office (the service is not available at branch post offices).

2.     Use insured speed post or insured registered post services.

3.     The maximum amount per transaction is ₹20,000.

4.     Pack your banknotes as per the postal department's packaging policy.

5.    Address the package to one of the RBI issue offices (the list of offices is provided in the SOP).

6.     Fill out the required forms and declare the value of the contents.

7.     Pay the applicable insurance fees and postage.

It's important to note that the maximum limit per transaction is set at a certain amount, and customers are required to adhere to it strictly.


Limitations and Restrictions :


Customers are restricted to sending a maximum of ₹20,000 per transaction. 


This limit ensures that the system is not overwhelmed and that transactions remain manageable for postal staff. Moreover, all such transactions are insured, with mandatory charges applicable to safeguard the interests of the sender. The SOP also stipulates that post office counters must maintain meticulous records of these transactions for auditing and monitoring purposes.


Some FAQs About the SOP :


- Can I send more than ₹20,000 in ₹2000 banknotes?

No, the limit is strictly per transaction to maintain order and security.


- What if my transaction needs exceed the set limit?

You may need to conduct multiple transactions over different days, following the same procedure each time.

Special Note

Please be aware of the following important points regarding the transaction of ₹2000 notes at post offices:

1. Liability for Transaction Details: 

The Department of Posts (DoP) will not be held liable for any inaccuracies in the bank account details, account holder's name, IFSC code, or the condition of the banknotes provided by the sender. It is the sender's responsibility to ensure that all information provided is correct and that the banknotes are genuine and fit for circulation.

2. Credit Delay or Declination:

The DoP will not be liable for any delays or declination in the credit of the amount in the bank account. It is essential to verify all details before the transaction to avoid such issues.

3. Liability of Delivery:

The liability of the DoP is restricted solely to the delivery of the articles. The DoP's responsibility ends once the package containing the ₹2000 banknotes is delivered as per the postal norms.

4. Post-Delivery Grievances:

Any grievances related to delays or non-receipt of the credited amount or inquiries about the approximate time of crediting the amount against the ₹2000 banknotes lie solely with the RBI. The RBI is the designated authority to handle any grievances other than the delivery of the article.



Adapting to the SOP for ₹2000 denomination banknote bookings at post office counters is crucial for ensuring that your high-value transactions are secure and in compliance with RBI regulations. While this article has covered the essentials, we highly recommend reading the full SOP document for a comprehensive understanding of all the procedures and protocols. Your experiences and insights are valuable to us, and we invite you to share your suggestions and views. By engaging in this conversation, we can help each other navigate these changes more effectively and contribute to a smoother transaction process for everyone involved.


If you have any questions or would like to share your experiences with the new system, please reach out to us. Your feedback not only helps us but also assists the community in staying informed and connected.

Annexure - B
Performa For Sending Rs. 2,000/- Bank Notes

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) 

Download SOP PDF


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