How It Works
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For Agencies – Getting Started
When you contact the U.S. Debit Card team (firstname.lastname@example.org), we will:
- work with you to analyze your business
- recommend how to use the U.S. Debit Card program
- set up a Memorandum of Understanding to lay out roles and responsibilities for both your agency and Fiscal Service
- work with you to set up schedules, card designs, and training so you can get started
For Agencies and Payees – Understanding the U.S. Debit Card
Useful for many situations
An agency can use the card for many purposes. Some examples:
- Temporary payroll
- Personal services
- Imprest funds
- Replacing third-party drafts
- Overseas access to foreign currency
- Travel payments to local visitors and international guests
Easy to issue
An agency can get the card to the payee by:
- handing it to the payee in a field office or central office, or
- arranging for it to be mailed to the payee
One-time use or reloadable for many payments
The card can be either for a single payment or reloadable:
- Single payment: The agency puts an amount on the card. Once the money on the card is spent, the cardholder throws the card away.
- Reloadable: The agency makes multiple payments to the same person on the same card.
Agencies can customize the card design.
For Payees – Using the U.S. Debit Card
You can use the card anywhere that takes a VISA debit card. That includes:
- By phone
The card has both a magnetic stripe and a chip. You use a Personal Identification Number (PIN) as a security feature with the card.
If you need help, it's available 24/7 (all the time). Support information is on the back of your card.
For More Information
To learn more about the card, get answers to questions, and log in to your account: USdebitcard.gov