Go Direct®was initiated by Treasury and the Federal Reserve Banks in 2004 to encourage federal benefit check recipients to switch to direct deposit. The campaign became a public education effort in 2010 with the posting of 31 CFR Part 208, Treasury's regulation that required electronic federal benefits. While the campaign is no longer actively working to inform Americans about the requirement, this website remains a resource operated by Bureau of the Fiscal Service.
With direct deposit, your money goes straight into your account at the same time each month, thus giving you more control over your money. It eliminates the risk of stolen checks and forged signatures and helps protect you from identity theft.
Direct deposit also provides immediate access to your money from virtually anywhere.
You can sign up online for direct deposit right now by visitingGoDirect.gov.
Direct deposit is safer than mailing checks. In fact, beneficiaries are 125 times more likely to have a problem with a paper check than with an electronic payment like direct deposit.
It's easier than checks, because people who get benefits don't need to go to the bank or credit union to deposit a check. Their payment goes straight into their account on payment day each month, giving people more control over their money.
Plus, direct deposit allows immediate access to funds from virtually anywhere. It's easy to sign up for direct deposit, and it only takes a few minutes — call the U.S. Treasury Electronic Payment Solution Centerat (800) 333-1795 or Enroll online. You also can sign up at a bank, credit union, or local Social Security office.
You can use Go Direct®only if you currently receive your Federal benefit payments by check and you want to begin receiving your benefits by Direct Deposit instead.
If you are already receiving your Federal benefit payment by Direct Deposit, and would like to have your payments sent to a new or different account, you should call the Federal agency that pays your benefits.
Visit our page aboutchanging your existing direct deposit.
The majority of federal benefit payments are made by direct deposit. As of March 1, 2013, nearly 95 percent of payments were made electronically.
Treasury recommends signing up for the Direct Express® Debit MasterCard®. The Direct Express®card is a prepaid debit card that offers another safe and convenient alternative to paper checks. Call (800) 333-1795 to sign up for the card.
Please deposit or cash your federal benefit check as you normally would. Direct deposit can take 1 to 2 payment cycles to take effect. You may receive one or more paper checks before the direct deposit takes effect.
Direct deposit can take 1 to 2 payment cycles to take effect. Please deposit or cash your federal benefit check as you always have. If however, you receive your federal benefit check by mail next month, please call the U.S. Treasury Electronic Payment Solution Center Mon - Fri 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET(excluding federal holidays):(877) 874-6347.
Visit www.GoDirect.orgfor more information.
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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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