No More Paper Social Security Checks

Millions of Americans will no longer be able to get their Social Security and other federal benefit checks by mail, under a new timetable announced Tuesday.

Those already on Social Security will have until March 1, 2013, to make the switch to direct deposit or a debit card. New recipients of those benefits will have to accept paperless payment sooner — as of May 1, 2011.

More than 58 million retirees, disabled people and surviving family members get Social Security or Supplemental Security benefits. Eight out of 10 people getting federal benefits already receive those payments electronically, officials say.