Do you receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) from the United States? Well, the old days of worrying about dealing with the checks are over as the U.S. Treasury has begun to institute a new system of prepaid debit cards in several states across the country, including Oklahoma.
How does it work?
Rather than receiving a paper check, Oklahoma seniors, disabled persons and others can choose a debit card option instead. Called a "Direct Express" card, it works in much the same way as a bank card or credit card. Cardholders can get cash at ATM's or use their card to make purchases or pay bills.
What are the advantages over the traditional paper check system?
For one, the debit card option offers additional protection against fraud. It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of paper checks are lost or stolen each year. In addition, a debit card would make it much easier on recipients that don't have bank accounts.
How do I sign up for the debit card?
It is important to note that the debit card program is currently completely optional. Social security or SSI recipients who would like to get benefits by debit card, though, can sign up by calling toll free (877) 212-9991 or by visiting USDirectExpress.com