The money on the Direct Express card is FDIC-insured, and many card services are free. Check recipients can sign up for direct deposit or the Direct Express card by calling toll-free (800) 333-1795, visiting www.GoDirect.org, or talking to their local federal paying agency office.
Individuals will need their Social Security number or claim number, their 12-digital federal benefit check number and the amount of their most recent federal benefit check.
If choosing direct deposit, recipients also will need their financial institution's routing transit number, (often found on a personal check) account number and account type (checking or saving).
There are no sign-up fees or monthly fees to receive benefits electronically.
FROM STAFF REPORTS