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Federal Government Benefits Going Electronic

If you apply for Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits, you must receive your payments electronically. If you did not sign up for electronic payments when you applied for benefits, we strongly urge you to do it now. If you are receiving payment by check, you have until March 1, 2013 to switch to a form of electronic payment. If you do not select a form of electronic payment by March 1, 2013, we will continue to pay you by check, but Treasury will contact you about complying with the requirement. For more information regarding switching to an electronic payment by March 1, 2013, refer to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Go Direct Website at http://godirect.org/ or call the helpline at 1-800-333-1795.

It’s safe, quick and convenient.

If you are already receiving benefits, you can obtain a password and start or change Direct Deposit online. You can also sign up at your bank, credit union or savings and loan.

Or call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).