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Direct Deposit or Debit Card? You Choose!



The CT Department of Labor has a paperless system for paying Unemployment Benefits. We encourage claimants to opt for either the direct deposit or debit card payment methods that are approved by the State of Connecticut and the Labor Department. Electronic payments will either be made to your bank or credit union account for direct deposit, or loaded onto your debit card. We are not associated or affiliated with check cashing services. You may ONLY sign up for direct deposit or debit card at:

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Direct Deposit Debit Card          Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.

A reminder to those who have filed for unemployment benefits and are now returning to work:
If you received payment by debit card, please hold on to the card. The cards are valid for 3 years from date of issue.

    This site provides:
  • Detailed information about the Direct Deposit and Debit Card choices and their differences.
  • Instructions on how to sign up and how to switch payment methods.
  • A Debit Card fee schedule.
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