Changes in Federal Benefit Payments Coming Soon…

Effective March 1, 2012, the U.S. Department of the Treasury will pay all federal benefit and non-tax payments electronically. Benefit recipients can choose to receive their payments by direct deposit to a bank or credit union account or to a Direct Express® Debit MasterCard® card account.

  • Retiring or applying for federal benefits soon? Be ready.  You must choose your preferred electronic payment option when you apply to receive federal benefit payments from the Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs, Railroad Retirement Board, Office of Personnel Management or Department of Labor (Black Lung). Click here to find out what information you will need.
  • If you are already receiving federal benefits by paper check, be prepared and make the switch today! You must make the switch from paper federal benefit checks to electronic payments by March 1, 2013. Click here to learn more or sign up now.

If you do not choose an electronic payment option by March 1, 2013, or at the time you apply for federal benefits, you will receive your payments via the Direct Express® card so you will not experience any interruption in payment.

If you are already receiving your federal benefit payments electronically, this change will not affect you.

If you would like set up a direct deposit to your First Castle Account, you will need your account number and our routing number: 265075883

If you are not sure of your account number, please call as at (985) 867-8867 and we will be happy to assist you.  We would also be happy to assist your friends and family members with opening a new account for direct deposit.