Paper Benefit Checks a Thing of the Past Come March 1

Paper benefit checks will cease on March 1.

On that date, all federal benefit payments will be electronic only. If you receive Social Security, SSI, Veterans’ or other federal government benefits by check in the mail, you will have the option of having the money deposited directly in your savings or checking account, or onto a Direct Express debit Mastercard.

If you would like the debit card, do nothing. You will automatically receive your payments on the card. If you prefer direct deposit, sign up at your local bank or credit union, or by calling (800) 333-1795. You can also sign up online at