The United States Department of the Treasury began mailing prepaid debit cards to people who did not have direct deposit set up, instead of a paper check. EIP Card recipients can use them just like regular debit cards; to make purchases, get cash from in-network ATMs, and transfer funds to their personal bank account without incurring any fees.

It could be easy to confuse your EIP Card and letter with a credit pre-approval or other advertisement (junk mail). This is what the United States Department of Treasury EIP Cards look like. Do not throw away.

Additional information is available in Treasury’s press release. EIP Card recipients can read more about their debit card at

Please note that the EIP Card is not the same as the Direct Express Debit Card on which many Social Security and SSI beneficiaries receive their monthly benefit payment.

If you need to request a replacement EIP debit card, please call the EIP Card call center at 1-800-240-8100.

The IRS has made some recent changes to the EIP Card fees. Visit the EIP Card FAQ webpage for the latest information.

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