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U.S. Treasury Requires Electronic Federal Benefit Payments
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.
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
Prefer a prepaid debit card?
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
Click here to learn more about the Direct Express card
Are you a Veteran?
In addition to direct deposit and the Direct Express options noted above, the Veterans Benefits Administration offers additional options for receiving VA benefits via direct deposit.
Click here to learn more about Veteran banking options
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.
To talk to a live agent or if you need assistance enrolling your federal benefits, call (877) 874-6347 Mon.– Fri. 8 a.m.– 8 p.m. ET.
How do I make changes to my existing direct deposit?
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.
Do you want to enroll by mail?
You can also enroll by mail by printing, completing, and mailing the necessary forms.
Do you need an interpreter?
We provide free interpreter services by phone. Click here for more information on this service.
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...
Social Security recipients:
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:
Veterans Compensation and Pension recipients:
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
Office of Personnel Management (Civil Service) benefit recipients:
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.
Railroad Retirement Board:
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:
Department of Labor benefit recipients:
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.
Corporation Acting As Representative Payee
Check this option if you represent a corporation which is acting as a representative payee.