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Getting your unemployment benefits on the ReliaCard1
Many states offer the U.S. Bank ReliaCard as a secure alternative to issuing a paper check for unemployment benefits. Instead of waiting for the check to arrive and then going to the bank to cash or deposit it, your funds are automatically deposited to this reloadable prepaid debit card.
Due to the unprecedented surge in COVID-19-related unemployment claims, we’ve seen an increase in both unemployment claims and requests for the ReliaCard. Our call centers have been fielding an influx of calls with questions about the ReliaCard. Here are quick answers to some of the most common questions.
We’re working closely with participating states to get the cards distributed as quickly as possible. Once we receive the file from the state, we mail your ReliaCard within two business days. Please allow seven to ten days for the postal service to deliver the card to you.
Check with your state agency for more information on unemployment claim processing or other government benefit payments.
You can activate your card on the ReliaCard website or on the mobile app.
In some cases, you may receive your ReliaCard before the funds are loaded to the card. Your card will be funded two to three business days after your state agency has approved your claim. You can monitor the status of your claim and payments by checking your state’s website. Enroll in Alerts to be notified via a text message or email when a deposit has been received. See How can I keep track of the availability of funds and other activity on my account question below.
There are several ways.
The best way to monitor activity on your ReliaCard, including the availability of funds, is to sign up for email or text alerts.2
You can receive alerts about:
To sign up for email or text alerts,2 follow the prompts when you activate your card. You can sign-up for alerts via the cardholder website or mobile app.
You can also text the following to 90831:
Yes. Follow these steps:
Please remember to schedule your mortgage payment or rent payment at least five business days before the due date. For more information, please review the Bill Pay Terms and Conditions.
You may use the card for signature-based purchases without a PIN by choosing Credit when you make a purchase. However, a PIN must be used for debit card purchases and cash withdrawals at ATMs.
You’ll choose your four-digit PIN when you activate your card. Keep it in a safe place for future reference. Your card may be locked if you make too many attempts to use it with the wrong PIN.
Call the number on the back of your ReliaCard and reset your PIN using the automated system. Your card may be locked after too many attempts using the wrong PIN.
The ReliaCard is issued by U.S. Bank National Association pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. or Mastercard International Incorporated. Mastercard is a registered trademark and the circles design is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated. Member FDIC.
For text alerts, standard messaging charges apply through your mobile carrier and message frequency depends on account settings.Return to content, Footnote 2
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