If you are currently getting federal benefits like Social Security or Veterans Affairs benefits, you have to comply with a new law that was implemented on March 31, 2013 that requires all recipients of federal benefits to sign up to get their benefits via electronic transfer. That means that if you are currently getting your benefit payment by check, you have to switch to electronic payments. There are 3 options available to get your benefits by electronic payment, one of which is via the Direct Express Card. This post is about how to get your benefits direct deposited onto your Direct Express Debit MasterCard Account. If you need help signing up for a Direct Express Card, click here.
Direct Express Direct Deposit Instructions
The step required in getting your Direct Express card signed up for Direct Deposit is to first call customer service to activate your card. You can call them toll free at 1 (888) 741-1115. You will be instructed to enter your 16 digit card number, the last four digits of your social security number and your date of birth. You will also need to select a four digit Personal Identification Number (PIN).
Once you complete that process, Comerica Bank, the Direct Express card issuing bank, will notify the Social Security Administration (SSA) that you have a Direct Express debit card account and will give SSA the information it needs to send your benefit payments to your account via Direct Deposit. So, the most important thing you need to do is to sign up for the Direct Express card, and call the customer service number to activate it. Comerica bank will then sign you up with the Social Security Administration for Direct Deposit.