How Do You Get Direct Deposit for Social Security Benefits?


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You can sign into your online account through the Social Security Administration to set up direct deposit. You can also sign up for direct deposit through your bank, or call Social Security at 800-772-1213 to enroll in direct deposit.

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You can also sign up to receive your Social Security benefits through direct deposit by mail. You can download a form on the Social Security website for completion and either mail or drop the form off in person at a local Social Security office. Social Security office locations can be located through the Contact Us option on the Social Security website.

You also have the opportunity to enroll in the Direct Express debit card program, in which your Social Security benefits are deposited on your card each month. Benefit payments are made available to you on your scheduled payment date, and the card can be used to make everyday purchases, get cash or pay bills.

A law that went into effect March 1, 2013 requires new Social Security recipients to receive benefit payments electronically. If you did not sign up for direct deposit when you originally applied for benefits, the U.S. Department of Treasury may contact you to comply with that requirement.

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