A safe, low-cost way to handle government benefit disbursements.
The facts about government payments
A Visa Prepaid card offers government entities an efficient, low-cost method for disbursing benefit payments.
Amount of money government agencies disbursed through prepaid cards in 20181
Amount of Social Security payments Americans will receive in 20192
Fee amount issuers collected in interchange fees from government prepaid cards1
Eliminate checks. Increase efficiency and access
Visa Government Prepaid is an electronic disbursement method that replaces paper checks. For benefit recipients, especially those without a banking relationship, Visa Government Prepaid cards provide a safer alternative to carrying cash and checks and are a convenient way to receive government disbursements.
The benefits of using Government Prepaid cards
Minimize distribution costs
Prepaid cards are a convenient alternative to issuing checks or paper-based payments and have the potential to save government agencies millions in payment processing expenses
Lower potential for fraud
With electronic distribution, the funds get deposited in recipient’s prepaid account.
Recipients don’t need a bank account
No prior banking relationship is needed. Funds are available on the card.
Easy access to funds
No waiting to get a check cashed. Visa Prepaid cards are accepted everywhere Visa Debit cards are accepted.*†
Visa’s Zero Liability policy protects cardholders from fraudulent or unauthorized transactions.‡
Free financial education
Cardholders can access a free financial literacy program provided by Visa.
One Visa card. Many uses
Unemployment insurance benefits
Personal income tax refunds
Housing authority payments
Temporary family assistance
Emergency disaster relief
Adoption and foster care
Federal benefit payments
Case Study: District of Columbia is making a difference in people’s lives with Visa Prepaid cards