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About Go Direct®

The active Go Direct campaign has concluded, but GoDirect.gov remains a resource operated by Treasury’s Bureau of Fiscal Service for enrollment of federal benefit payments to direct deposit. For years, Treasury has delivered federal benefit payments electronically and now requires that all beneficiaries choose an electronic payment option to receive their benefits.

As of March 1, 2013, if you receive or are applying for the following federal benefits, you are required by law per federal regulation 31 CFR PART 208 to receive payments through direct deposit to your bank or credit union account or to a Direct Express® Debit Mastercard®: 

  • Social Security
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Railroad Retirement Board
  • Office of Personnel Management
  • Department of Labor (Black Lung)

There are many advantages to switching to electronic payments:

  • Safer, Easier
    Electronic payments provide a safer, more convenient and cost-effective way for people to get their federal benefits than paper checks. In fact, beneficiaries are more likely to have a problem with a paper check than with an electronic payment.
  • More Convenient
    When people get payments electronically, they don't need to visit a financial institution to cash or deposit a check to gain access to their money. This is important to people who are elderly or disabled, or who lack access to transportation. No bank account or credit check is required for the Direct Express® Debit Mastercard® . There are no fees to sign up for the card, no monthly fees or overdraft fees. Simply use the card to pay for everyday purchases and avoid the need to cash a check or carry large amounts of cash. Or, if you simply prefer a prepaid debit card, the Direct Express® card is a safe, no or low-cost electronic payment option.
  • Taxpayer Savings
    This measure also provides significant savings to American taxpayers who will no longer incur the costs associated with paper checks.

    Please be aware that you are only able to convert your payment to direct deposit using a personal bank account or credit union on this site.
    However, you can also enroll your payment to a Direct Express® Debit Mastercard® by calling the U.S. Treasury Electronic Payment Solution Center at 1-877-874-6347.

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Beginning of help description tool-tip. It begins with a heading 5 called “Bank Account Number”. Required field.
Bank Account Number

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The bank account number can be found in the lower left-hand section, to the right of the bank routing number.

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Beginning of help description tool-tip. It begins with a heading 5 called “Bank Account Number”. Required field.
Bank Account Number

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The bank account number can be found in the lower left-hand section, to the right of the bank routing number.

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Beginning of help description tool-tip. It begins with a heading 5 called “Bank Routing Number”. Required field.
Bank Routing Number

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The routing number can be found in the lower left-hand section.

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Beginning of help description tool-tip. It begins with a heading 5 called “Bank Account Number”. Required field.
Bank Account Number

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The bank account number can be found in the lower left-hand section, to the right of the bank routing number.

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Beginning of help description tool-tip. It begins with a heading 5 called “Bank Account Number”. Required field.
Bank Account Number

See the example image.

The bank account number can be found in the lower left-hand section, to the right of the bank routing number.

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Beginning of help description tool-tip. It begins with a heading 5 called “Bank Routing Number”. Required field.
Bank Routing Number

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The routing number can be found in the lower left-hand section.

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Beginning of help description tool-tip. It begins with a heading 5 called “Check Number”. Required field.
Check Number

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The check number can be found in the upper right-hand section.

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Beginning of help description tool-tip. It begins with a heading 5 called “Claim Number”. Required field.
Claim Number

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The claim number can be found on a Medicare card or 1099 form.

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Beginning of help description tool-tip. It begins with a heading 5 called “Payment Amount”. Required field.
Payment Amount

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The amount can be found directly below the check number.

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Beginning of help description tool-tip. It begins with a heading 5 called “Benefit Recipient First Name”. Required field.
Benefit Recipient First Name

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The first name can be found in the “Pay To The Order” section.

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Beginning of help description tool-tip. It begins with a heading 5 called “Benefit Recipient Middle Name”. Only required if present on check.
Checking Account Number

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The middle name immediately follows the first name.

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Beginning of help description tool-tip. It begins with a heading 5 called “Benefit Recipient Last Name”. Required field.
Checking Account Number

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The last name immediately follows the first name or middle name when present.

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Beginning of help description tool-tip. It begins with a heading 5 called “Benefit Recipient Suffix”. Only required if present on check.
Checking Account Number

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The suffix immediately follows the last name.

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Beginning of help description tool-tip. It begins with a heading 5 called “Representative Payee”. Only required if present on check.
Representative Payee

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The Representative Payee is the proceeding name before the Benefit Recipient's name.

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Beginning of help description tool-tip. It begins with a heading 5 called “Benefit Recipient Address”. Required field.
Benefit Recipient Address

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The address can be found directly under the Benefit Recipient's name.

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Beginning of help description tool-tip. It begins with a heading 5 called “International Addresses”. Optional field.
International Addresses

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:

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10137.html or
http://www.socialsecurity.gov/foreign/

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:

http://www.rrb.gov/PandS/IDD.asp or download the International Direct Deposit Form
http://www.rrb.gov/pdf/PandS/OF_1199I.pdf

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.

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Beginning of help description tool-tip. It begins with a heading 5 called “Corporation Acting As Representative Payee”. Only required if acting as representative payee.
Corporation Acting As Representative Payee

Check this option if you represent a corporation which is acting as a representative payee.