By Aaryn Valenzuela
Every month, the U.S. Treasury Department mails out about five million checks to people who receive federal benefits like social security, but that's changing. As of today, people, by law, are required to sign up for electronic payments.
At the Concho Valley Area Agency on Aging, Lisa Valencia, a Benefits Counselor, says some people have expressed concerns, but she says it's very safe.
"Its easier for them to track benefits, where did it go, especially if they lose their card," says Lisa Valencia, a Benefits Counselor at the Area Agency on Aging.
If you haven't signed up, Valencia says you will automatically receive a debit card in the mail.
"If people haven't signed up, they should already be receiving their debit express card in the mail," says Valencia.
If you would rather receive direct deposit, she says you can still sign up online at godirect.org, or by telephone.
"If they don't want the debit card they can open a checking or a savings account with their local bank, or credit union and their direct deposit will go in monthly," she says.
In very rare cases waivers are granted. If you were born before May 1st of 1921, you are granted an automatic waiver.
Also, people who live in remote areas without sufficient banking infrastructure can also apply for a waiver.