How to Check the Status of My Unemployment Debit Card
Many states allow you to check debit card balances online.
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Most states issue unemployment benefits through debit cards or direct deposit, rather than by paper checks. Unemployment debit cards can be used at ATMs and to pay for goods and services directly at businesses that accept debit or credit cards. Third-party banks, not the unemployment agency, issue these debit cards, so you will need to use the bank’s website or call its customer service number to check on the delivery and balance of your card.
Receiving Your Card
If you choose to receive your unemployment benefits on a debit card, your state unemployment office will let you know when to expect it in the mail. If you don’t receive your card within the expected time frame, call your state’s unemployment agency or log in to your account on its website. After verifying that you were approved for benefits, call the customer service number for the bank that issues the cards for your state. This is usually listed on the unemployment agency’s website. The bank can reissue a card that was lost in the mail.
Checking Your Balance
Banks usually give you options for checking your balance. These include logging in to your account on the bank’s website, calling the bank’s customer service department or phone banking number to request a balance, and checking your balance at an ATM. Debit card issuers usually include instructions for using your card and checking balances when they mail your card. You can also find this information at the bank’s website or the website of your state’s unemployment agency.
If your debit card balance isn’t what you think it should be, check your deposits and withdrawals. If you see unauthorized charges, call the bank’s customer service number to report the charges and get a replacement card. If you find you haven’t received your unemployment payment, call the unemployment agency for assistance.
Some banks charge fees on the use of their debit cards. These vary by bank, but your card issuer may charge you a fee to check a balance on an ATM or talk to a customer service representative on the phone. Your card issuer and the unemployment office should provide you with a fee schedule you can use to minimize these charges.