Instead of waiting to get your benefit check through the mail, you might prefer the convenience of a debit card or direct bank deposit.

Change Your Benefit Payment Method by Fax or Mail

  1. Fill out the Payment Method Authorization form (F120-211-000).
  2. Print and sign the completed form.

    : This form cannot be sent electronically. Please do not email or send it through the Secure Message Center in My L&I.

  3. Fax the completed form to 1-360-902-4674, or mail it to:

    Department of Labor & Industries
    Electronic Benefit Payment Services
    PO Box 44834
    Olympia WA 98504-4834

Questions About Changing Your Benefit Payment Method

If I choose a debit card or direct deposit, can L&I see or track my banking activity?

No. For privacy reasons, details of your transactions are not shared with us.

Note: To make sure benefit payments are correct, we receive confirmation of the amount and date of deposits to individual cards or bank accounts.

Can I still get my payment explanation that comes with my paper check?

Yes. L&I will continue to mail your payment explanation.

You can also sign up to get payment explanations online through the Secure Message Center.

If I request a debit card, how long will it take to get my benefit payments?

Your debit card should arrive in 7 – 14 days. Twenty-four hours after you activate it, L&I will put newly issued benefit payments onto your card. Previously issued payments cannot be transferred to your debit card.

You will continue to receive your benefits through your current payment method until the new method takes effect.

If you prefer, you can sign up for email or text alerts when L&I deposits funds.

What if my debit card doesn't arrive in the mail?

Contact U.S. Bank ReliaCard at 1-855-282-6161.

Will all of my payments from L&I come on the debit card?

No. L&I will continue to mail you a paper check for:

  • Payments of $10,000 or more.
  • Travel reimbursements and out-of-pocket medical expenses.

Will I be able to use my debit card as a savings account?

No. Your U.S. Bank ReliaCard is not a savings account.

The balance is limited to $40,000. If a new payment causes your debit card balance to go over $40,000, we will mail a check to your address.

If I move to another country, can I still get my benefit payments on a debit card?

Yes. However, some additional fees may apply.

Which fees does the bank charge for using my card?

Contact U.S. Bank ReliaCard at 1-855-282-6161 for a full list of fees.

How long does it take for direct deposit to go into effect?

The bank verification process usually takes 4 – 7 business days, but can take up to 30 days.

You will continue to receive your benefits through your current payment method until the new method takes effect.

Can I use direct deposit for a bank account in another country?

No. Federal banking rules do not allow direct deposits to foreign banks.

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