Anyone receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits through either Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is required to receive their benefit electronically. This requirement was put into place for anyone who successfully filed a claim for Social Security Disability income after May 1, 2011.
Direct Deposit for Social Security Disability Benefits
You can set up direct deposit of your Social Security Disability check by contacting the Social Security Administration (SSA) at 800-772-1213. You can also access your Social Security Account via the Internet and sign up for direct deposit.
If you have not applied yet for Social Security Disability benefits, it is also possible to get your direct deposit set up at the time of your initial application. You can bring a bank statement with you or bring your checkbook and provide your account and routing number to the representative from the Social Security Administration.
The obligation to sign up for direct deposit can be a hassle for people who do not have a bank account or who do not regularly visit the bank. The SSA also provides options for people in these situations. For example, you could us the Direct Express Program to obtain your funds on a bank card that you can use just like a regular debit card. You could also take advantage of an Electronic Transfer Account (ETA) which some banks offer. There are guidelines for ETAs to follow, but a monthly fee could be charged.
Your Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits attorney can help you to understand the best ways to access your benefits, so speak with your lawyer if you aren't sure what the right approach is.