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
- Fill out the Payment Method Authorization form (F120-211-000).
- Print and sign the completed form.
Note: This form cannot be sent electronically. Please do not email or send it through the Secure Message Center in My L&I.
- 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.
What if my debit card doesn't arrive in the mail?
Contact U.S. Bank ReliaCard at 1-855-279-2194.
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.
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.