If you still receive a paper check for your Social Security or other federal benefit payments, you are out of compliance with the law. The Treasury Department requires federal benefit payments to be made electronically - through direct deposit to a bank or credit union account or to the Direct Express® Debit MasterCard® card.
It's fast and easy to get direct deposit of your benefits right into your checking or savings account.GoDirect: Get Direct Deposit
No bank account or credit check is required for the Direct Express® card, a Treasury-recommended prepaid debit card.Prefer a prepaid debit card? DIRECT EXPRESS SIGN UP for the Direct Express card
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.
You also can call toll-free (800) 333-1795 or contact the local office of the agency providing your federal benefits.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury designed the ETA for Federal payment recipients. The ETA (Electronic Transfer Account) is a low-cost account you can open at a participating federally insured bank, savings and loan, or credit union.
If you are already receiving your federal benefit payment by direct deposit, and would like to have your payments sent to a different account, you will need to call the federal agency that pays your benefits. Go Direct® is not authorized to make changes to your existing direct deposit information, however, we have a full list of the agency contact information to help make this easier.
You can also enroll by mail by printing, completing, and mailing the necessary forms.
Is this an international address?
SSA recipients check here to denote this is an international address if you live outside of the U.S., Puerto Rico, or a U.S. Territory.
NOTICE: Go Direct can only enroll payments with International addresses for recipients of Social Security benefits. If you receive any other benefit payment type and reside internationally, or do not have an account with a U.S. bank or credit union, you may not enroll online through Go Direct. For more information on how to complete your international enrollment please click here. More information...
If you live outside the United States but do not have an account with a U.S. bank or credit union you may write the Social Security Administration at: Social Security Administration Office of International Operations P.O. Box 17775 Baltimore, Maryland 21235-7775 for more information on international payment options. Or visit them online at:
If you live outside the United States and want to sign up for direct deposit please contact the VA at: http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/foreign/forfaq.htm
Retirees, annuitants, and survivor annuitants already receiving benefits, but living outside the United States that want to sign up for direct deposit please contact the Office of Personnel Management (Civil Service) by calling1 (888) 767-6738.
Recipients already receiving Railroad Retirement (RRB) benefits, but living outside the United States that want to sign up for direct deposit please contact the nearest Railroad Retirement Board office or call the Railroad Retirement Board at 1-877-772-5772. For instructions on International Direct Deposits visit RRB online at:
A toll-free number has been designated for each of the nine Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation district offices. Visit the Department of Labor web site. For a list of district offices and their phone numbers.
Check this option if you represent a corporation which is acting as a representative payee.
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You will be required to fill out each of the fields on the form unless it is noted as optional
If you enter an invalid value or option the form will alert you of the mistake
Errors will then be displayed in the Error Panel at the top of each section
By clicking the error in the panel, you will be taken to the specific error on the page
If you wish to CLEAR the entire form select reset
When you have completed the form and read the acknowledgement agreement select Confirm and Agree