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Getting Your Federal Benefits by Check?

Don’t Delay! Go Direct Today!

By March 1, 2013, everyone getting the following federal benefits by paper check is required to switch to electronic payments – direct deposit to a bank or credit union account or to the Direct Express® Debit MasterCard® card:
  • Social Security
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Railroad Retirement Board
  • Office of Personnel Management
  • Department of Labor (Black Lung)
Don’t wait until time runs out. Learn more about this change. For additional information,
Think electronic payments are at risk of cybercrime? Get the facts about electronic payments.

Want direct deposit?

It’s fast and easy to get direct deposit of your benefits right into your checking or savings account.

GoDirect: Get Direct Deposit

You also can call (800) 333-1795 or visit your bank or credit union.

With direct deposit, the U.S. Treasury sends an electronic message to your bank or credit union crediting your account with the exact amount of your benefit. The difference is, your check isn’t printed or mailed.

If you don’t already have a bank account or you are not sure you can get a bank account, you might like to try a Treasury-sponsored ETA account. Learn more about an ETA account.

Prefer a prepaid debit card?

No bank account or credit check is required for theDirect Express® card, a Treasury-recommended prepaid debit card.

Prefer a prepaid debit card? DIRECT EXPRESS >® SIGN UP for the Direct Express ® card

You also can call toll-free (800) 333-1795 or contact the local office of the agency providing your federal benefits, such as the Social Security Administration or Department of Veterans Affairs.Learn more about the card’s fees and features. Have questions about how to use the card?  Learn more.