Do I have to use a government benefit card to continue receiving a benefit?
You may be able to choose to have your benefits directly deposited into your bank account if the state government agency offers that option. However, if you do not have a bank account and the state government agency does not offer paper checks, a government benefit card may be your only option. View our for some tips.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has mandated that all federal benefits – like veterans’ benefits or Social Security benefits –be paid electronically. There are limited exceptions. If you apply for federal benefits, you must choose either direct deposit to a bank account or Direct Express, which is the government benefit card offered by the Treasury Department.
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Prepaid cards and other prepaid accounts
If you’re considering getting a prepaid card or account, we have information that can help you choose the right one for you. We also help you understand your rights.