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Direct Deposit or Debit Card? You Choose!



We encourage claimants to opt for either the direct deposit card or debit card payment methods that are approved by the State of Connecticut and the Labor Department.  We are not associated or affiliated with check cashing services.

The CT Department of Labor has a completely paperless system of Unemployment Benefit payments.  No waiting for a check to arrive in the mail, no worries about getting your check cashed, no check cashing fees, and a safer, more convenient access to your money. No waiting in line to cash a check.

Enrollment for Direct Deposit or Debit Card is available.  Electronic payments will either be made to your bank or credit union account for Direct Deposit, or loaded onto your Debit Card.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do NOT provide your bank routing number or checking account number when using this email address - you may ONLY sign up for direct deposit or debit card at:

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The Direct Deposit method of payment is free (subject to the rules of your bank).  Benefits are deposited directly into your checking or savings account.  If you wish to open a free bank or credit union account, a list of Connecticut banks and credit unions with locations listed can be found here.

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The Debit Card method of payment is offered to individuals who do not have or do not wish to open a checking or savings account, or who simply prefer to use the pre-paid card.  It can be used to get cash from an ATM, bank, credit union or to make purchases.  Note:  Fees and surcharges may be incurred with the debit card method.

If you received payment by debit card please hold on to the card. The cards are valid for 3 years from date of issue by Chase.

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This site provides:
  • Detailed information about the Direct Deposit and Debit Card choices and their differences.
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to sign up and how to switch payment methods.
  • A direct link to the Department of Labor's Unemployment Insurance Claims page to make a payment selection or switch payment options.
  • A Debit Card fee schedule.


The Direct Deposit option is free (subject to the rules of your bank). Benefits are deposited into your checking or savings account. If you wish to open a free checking account, a list of Connecticut banks and credit unions with locations listed can be found here.

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