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Direct Deposit Fact Sheet

Read The Facts and Apply for Direct Deposit

  1. Your money is electronically transferred into your bank account.

  2. Depending on your bank, the first direct deposit may take up to six weeks to establish. During setup time, a paper warrant (check) will continue to be sent.

  3. Although you may validate your invoice prior to the end of the month in which you provide services, SSPS cannot process invoice services for payment until the first working day of the following month. Direct deposit will be made within 3-4 working days after:
    • The day correctly validated invoice services are processed by the SSPS system. At the earliest this will be the first working day of the month after services are rendered. (Holidays and weekends are not working days.)
    • The day non-invoiced services are authorized to be paid.

  4. The State of Washington does not charge you a fee for direct deposit. Check with your bank to find out if it will charge you a fee for direct deposit.

  5. You will receive a summarized EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) Remittance Advice via email the same day as your money is put into your bank account. Several days later, you will receive a detailed Remittance Advice from the Social Service Payment System (SSPS) by mail.

  6. Any United States bank or credit union that participates in direct deposit of funds may be used for SSPS direct deposit.

  7. For new direct deposit accounts or to make changes to an account you already have, print and complete the Direct Deposit Registration/W9 form and mail or fax it to:

    SSPS Provider File Unit
    PO Box 45346
    Olympia, WA 98504
    Fax: 360-902-8268

    • Request a paper copy of the form at DSHSSSPSWeb@dshs.wa.gov or by calling 360-664-6161
    • Be sure to tell us whether it's for a new account or to change an existing one

  8. For State Supplemental Payments (SSP) through the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), the W-9 needs to have the client's information. If the client is unable to sign the forms please sign for them stating your relationship (guardian, custodian, etc.).

  9. View the Direct Deposit Registration Instructions (PDF)

Am I eligible for direct deposit?

You may be able to get direct deposit if:

  • Your authorization to receive SSPS payment is current
  • You have an open, stable bank account
  • You maintain the minimum balance required by your bank
  • Your bank accepts direct deposits
  • Your money does not go to someone else before you receive it like:
    • A protective payee, or
    • A parent for children in your care, or
    • A long term care employer payee