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Reminder! Social Security Administration Ends Paper Checks on 3/1/2013


Posted on Feb 28, 2013

Do you receive paper checks from the Social Security Administration (SSA)? Starting on March 1, 2013, all Social Security Insurance (SSI) and Social Security Disability (SSDI) payments will be made electronically.

Those who receive disability benefits have the option to choose their electronic payment option. SSDI/SSI recipients may choose either an electronic deposit into a traditional bank account or an electronic deposit onto a payment card, such as a debit card. Recipients who do not indicate their preference will receive checks through the U.S. Treasury Department’s Direct Express® debit card starting on March 1. Payment date will not be affected. Money will be available at the open of business on the normal payment date.

To change your benefits payment method, you can do any of the following:

  • Contact your bank or credit union and ask them to set up electronic payments.
  • Contact the U.S. Treasury Department’s Electronic Payment Solution Center at (800) 333-1795.
  • Contact the Social Security Administration at (800) 772-1213, or TTY (800) 325-0778. To use this method, you must have an existing bank account. 


There are no sign-up fees.

Most SSI and SSDI recipients already receive electronic payments, but the Treasury Department estimates that switching to all electronic payments will save more than one billion dollars over the next ten years.

While the law will require electronic payment of Social Security benefit checks, it is possible to petition the SSA for an exception if electronic payment causes an undue hardship. To learn more, contact the SSA at (800) 772-1213, or TTY (800) 325-0778.

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