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U.S. Debit Card

U.S. Debit Card

A U.S. Debit Card can help both federal agencies and the companies and individuals to whom they owe money.

Instead of paying by check, bank draft, or cash (or paying directly into a bank or credit union account), the agency can load money onto a prepaid debit card for the payee.

Thus, the U.S. Debit Card works for all payees, including people who do not have a bank account or who do not want to give their banking information to the agency.

(This program is for federal payments other than benefits. The comparable program for federal benefits payments is the Direct Express Card).

Fiscal Service Announces Financial Agent Selection Process (FASP) for the U.S. Debit Card and Digital Pay Program

The submission window is now closed.

The Bureau of the Fiscal Service is conducting a Financial Agent Selection Process (FASP) for the U.S. Debit Card and Digital Pay Program (USDC). View the USDC Requirements document.

Any questions regarding the application submission process must be submitted to the Fiscal Service via e-mail at The Fiscal Service will answer all questions as soon as possible and post questions and answers on this page.

See the latest Frequently Asked Questions.

Unless a financial institution is notified in writing that the deadline for submission has been extended, the financial institution must submit its application by the deadline regardless of any outstanding questions it may have.

Important information regarding the application process: Applications must be received by the Fiscal Service no later than 5:00 pm ET on Monday, May 17, 2021. Applications must be submitted electronically to Each applicant may supply a contact name and e-mail address so Fiscal Service can send acknowledgement receipts.

For media inquiries, please contact the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, Legislative and Public Affairs Office at (202)504-3535 or at

Features, Benefits & Uses

Strict management controls for agency staff

Not tied to a bank account

Protected by both a chip and a magnetic stripe

Safe - with fraud prevention and other protections

Use for one-time or recurring payments

Can be disposable or reloadable

Start immediately - enroll, fund, activate right away

Use the card at an ATM, in a store, online, by phone

Use with a mobile app and online banking .

Powerful reporting - reports and statements available online

Hand the card to the payee or send in the mail

Customer service always available, all day, every day

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How It Works

Agency staff: Learn how the U.S. Debit Card team will set you up in the program.

Payees: Understand how to use your U.S. Debit Card.

More information about the program

Log in links for both agency administrators and cardholders

Contact U.S. Debit Card

Agency Manager

For agencies interested in joining the program:

Card Holders

Log in to get support
Call the number on the back of your card

Last modified 05/18/21