If you are receiving Social Security benefits into a bank account or the Direct Express debit card and will like to switch your benefits to a different account, we can help. In this post, we will walk you through how to Change Direct Deposit for Social Security.
First, we will review the documents you will need to make the change.
Second, we will provide the options available on how to change your benefits to a different account.
Lastly, we will provide information on how long it takes for the change to go into effect and when you can expect your benefits in the new account.
If you need to Change Direct Deposit for Social Security, see our step-by-step below.
What you need to Change Direct Deposit Information
To change your Social Security direct deposit information, you will need your:
- Social Security number
- New Financial institution’s routing transit number
- New Account number and type (checking or savings)
How to Change Direct Deposit for Social Security
You change your direct deposit information and it’s very simple.
Option 1 – Change Social Security Direct Deposit Online
The most convenient way to change your direct deposit information is by using your mySocial Security account online at www.ssa.gov/myaccount.
Once you create your account, you can update your bank information from anywhere.
If you need help logging into your account, see our post on mySocial Security account login help.
To create a mySocial Security account, see our post on how to create Social Security online account.
To change your Direct Deposit information online, follow the instructions below:
Here are the steps to change your direct deposit information online. We have also attached a short video below that walks you through the steps.
- Log in to your account Social Security Account. Click here.
- Sign in and Select the blue Benefits & Payment Details to link on the right side of the screen.
- Scroll down and select the Update Direct Deposit button, and choose if you are the owner or co-owner of the bank account.
- Enter your bank account information and select Next.
- Review and verify your banking information and select Submit then select Done.
- You can also decide when your change will take effect, by simply using the My Profile tab within my Social Security.
Option 2 – Change Social Security Direct Deposit Online By Phone
Another way to change your direct deposit is by calling Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to make the change over the phone.
If you prefer to speak to someone in person, you can visit your local Social Security office with the necessary information.
To find a Social Security office location near you, click here.
How long does it take to change banks for Social Security direct deposit?
Generally, it takes between 15 to 30 days for changes in Social Security direct deposit information to go into effect.
The day of the month you report the direct deposit change makes a big difference.
You will need to report changes by the 15th of the month to see the effect on the next Social Security check.
However, if the 15th falls on the weekend or a holiday, the cutoff is usually the previous business day.
For example, if you switched banks or have a new account in January, you will need to provide the new information to Social Security by January 14 to receive your next payment in the new account.
If you don’t report this change to Social Security until January 28, your next payment will go into the old account.
Do not close Old Account Yet
Because you may be certain as to when your direct deposit change will take effect, it is highly recommended that you do not close your old bank account until you have seen your Social Security deposit show up in the new bank account.
That way, you can feel confident you will receive your benefits on time.
How to Change Direct Deposit for Social Security Summary
We hope this post on how to change your Direct Deposit information was helpful.
If you still have questions, you should leave a comment below.
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