Program Description

The Treasury Department's Go Direct® national public education campaign informs Americans of the change and helps them understand what they need to do to get their Federal benefit payments electronically. Direct deposit is safer, easier, and gives people more control over their money. Your money goes straight into a checking or savings account on payment day each month, eliminating the risk of a delayed payment.

General Program Requirements

There are also two safe, easy electronic payment options to choose from:

  • Direct deposit will allow your Federal benefit payments to go straight into your checking or savings account.
  • The Direct Express® Debit MasterCard® card provides a low-cost alternative to paper checks for Federal benefit payments. Cardholders can make retail purchases, pay bills and get cash back.
For information on switching to direct deposit, Direct Express® card features and fees, visit GoDirect or call 1-800-333-1795.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

You will need to provide personal information to start an automated direct deposit enrollment.

Applicants can learn more or sign up for direct deposit or the Direct Express® over the phone, online or by mail.
Phone: 1-800-333-1795
Online: http://www.godirect.org
Mail: Complete Financial Management Service (FMS) Form 1200 which can be found at GoDirect, and follow the mailing instructions on the website.

Program Contact Information

For more information about the program, please visit the GoDirect.gov website or contact the U.S Treasury Electronic Payment Solution Center at 1-800-333-1795.

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