The Go Direct campaign has concluded, but GoDirect.gov remains a resource operated by Treasury’s Bureau of Fiscal Service for enrollment of federal benefit payments to direct deposit. For years, Treasury has delivered federal benefit payments electronically and now requires that all beneficiaries choose an electronic payment option to receive their benefits.
As of March 1, 2013, if you receive or are applying for the following federal benefits, you are required by law per federal regulation 31 CFR PART 208 to receive payments through direct deposit to your bank or credit union account or to a Direct Express® Debit Mastercard®:
- Social Security
- Supplemental Security Income
- Veterans Affairs
- Railroad Retirement Board
- Office of Personnel Management
- Department of Labor (Black Lung)
There are many advantages to switching to electronic payments:Safer, Easier
Electronic payments provide a safer, more convenient and cost-effective way for people to get their benefits, compared to paper checks. In fact, beneficiaries are more likely to have a problem with a paper check than with an electronic payment.More Convenient
When people get payments electronically, they don't need to visit a financial institution to cash or deposit a check to gain access to their money. This is important to people who are elderly or disabled, or who lack access to transportation. No bank account or credit check is required for the Direct Express® Debit Mastercard®. There are no fees to sign up for the card, no monthly fees or overdraft fees. Simply use the card to pay for everyday purchases and avoid the need to cash a check or carry large amounts of cash. Or, if you simply prefer a prepaid debit card, the Direct Express® card is a safe, no or low-cost electronic payment option.Taxpayer Savings
This measure also provides significant savings to American taxpayers who will no longer incur the costs associated with paper checks.
Please be aware that you are only able to convert your payment to direct deposit using your personal bank account or credit union on this site. If you do not have a bank account or want to enroll your payment to a Direct Express® Debit Mastercard®, call the U.S. Treasury Electronic Payment Solution Center at 1-877-874-6347.