Explore Visa Government Prepaid Card

The Visa Government Prepaid card is offered through 80 government disbursement programs across 39 states. Working together with top U.S. banks and program managers, Visa offers government agencies one of the most efficient ways to distribute benefits and emergency payments, from disaster relief and child support to tax refunds and more.

Improve efficiency and reduce costs

Until now, benefits recipients without direct deposit had to receive their funds by check, requiring government agencies to pay for printing, postage, and handling. With electronic disbursements made to Visa Government Prepaid cards, you can move away from paper-based payments and minimize expense while gaining efficiency. Plus, payments processed and instantly deposited to Visa Government Prepaid cards also help with compliance when legal requirements demand timely distribution.

Increase security and reduce fraud

Because there's no mail to be stolen or illegal check cashing to monitor, the Visa Government Prepaid card helps reduce fraud. Payments are safely and reliably added to the recipient's card. We even offer the Visa Zero Liability1 policy; unlike cash, if a recipient's card is lost or stolen, it can be replaced along with the money on it.
For disbursement types that require an extra level of spending control, Visa Government Prepaid cards also allow for selective authorization. That enables you to easily restrict usage to specific merchant categories for programs that require that control.

Deliver access and convenience to your recipients

Anyone can receive electronic government payments through a Visa Government Prepaid card, even those without bank accounts. The card works everywhere Visa Debit cards are accepted and at more than 1 million ATMs worldwide, so cardholders can use it to make purchases online and off, pay bills, or to get cash2.

Additional cardholder benefits:

  • Gives faster access to benefit payments, even during a disaster
  • Works everywhere Visa Debit cards are accepted – in-store, online, or by phone
  • Eliminates check-cashing trips, fees, and the risk from carrying large amounts of cash
  • Makes cash available at more than 1 million ATMs worldwide2
  • Provides financial education through Visa's free financial literacy program
  • Acts like a budgeting tool for better money management
  • Requires no prior bank account or credit check
  • Offers exclusive cardholder discounts to use at popular, everyday merchants as permitted

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For more than 20 years, Visa has partnered with U.S. Federal, State, and Local Governments to offer innovative payment solutions. If you'd like to lower your disbursement costs and improve recipient satisfaction, we can help.

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1 Visa's Zero Liability policy covers U.S.-issued cards only and does not apply to ATM transactions, PIN transactions not processed by Visa, or certain commercial card transactions. Cardholder must notify issuer promptly of any unauthorized use. Consult issuer for additional details or click here.
2 Certain ATM fees could apply depending on program requirements. Please discuss the associated fee structure with your card issuer as you develop your program.

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