I wrote in 2011 about the change coming to Social Security or VA benefits — there will be no more paper checks after March 2013. Recipients must have their benefit money deposited directly to a bank account or must sign up for a Direct Express debit card.
The Direct Express card was created so that the Social Security Administration and Department of Veterans Affairs could send benefits to people who don’t have bank accounts. Under the program, the government would add your monthly benefits to your Direct Express card. The card can be used to make purchases, pay bills, or get cash.
To apply for a Direct Express card, call Social Security at (800) 333-1795 or visit GoDirect.org.