National Automatic Merchandising Association Seeks To
Revise Dollar Coin Requirement For Vending Machines On
The National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) is working with
Congress to revise a requirement that all vending machines in federal property
accept dollar coins.
When Congress enacted the law providing for Presidential Dollar Coins that
are now available, a section was included to encourage the removal of barriers
to circulation of the coin. This section basically said federal agencies and
businesses on federal property, including vending machines, should take
appropriate action to ensure that by Jan. 1, 2008, business operations
involving coins or currency are fully capable of accepting and dispensing
Signs and notice indicating such capability are to be displayed, including
on each vending machine. The actual text of this section is reproduced below.
NAMA is working with congressional staff to address recent concerns that
have been raised about this requirement. Most vending machines on federal
property should have the capability to accept dollar coins, but not all can
dispense the coin in change and this raises questions about the actual extent
of the requirement.
Vending operators are encouraged to refer questions to Brian Allen, NAMA
senior director and counsel, government affairs/Central Area, phone
312-346-0370 x 222; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.