The U.S. Department of the Treasury will pay all federal
benefit and non-tax payments electronically.
Benefit recipients can choose to receive
their payments by direct deposit to a bank or credit union account
or to a Direct Express® Debit MasterCard® card account.
Act now to get your money safely and quickly - on time, every
* Retiring or applying for federal benefits soon? Be ready.
If you will apply for federal benefits on or after May 1, 2011,
you will need to choose your preferred electronic payment option
when you enroll to receive benefits from the Social Security
Administration, Veterans Affairs, Railroad Retirement Board, Office
of Personnel Management or Department of Labor (Black Lung). Find out what
you'll need on hand.
* Already getting federal benefits payments by paper check? Switch
You will need to make the switch from paper benefit checks to
electronic payments by March 1, 2013. Learn more or
If you do not choose an electronic payment option by March 1,
2013, or at the time you apply for federal benefits, you will
receive your payments via the Direct Express® card so you will not
experience any interruption in payment.
If you are already receiving your federal benefit payments
electronically, this change will not affect you.