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Choose a Representative Payee for Social Security to Consider Before You May Need One

April 3, 2020 • By

Last Updated: August 19, 2021

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The future can be uncertain. However, our Advance Designation program can help put you in control of your benefits if a time comes when you need a representative payee to help manage your money. Advance Designation enables you to identify up to three people, in priority order, whom you would like to serve as your potential representative payee.

We recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of our Advanced Designation program. Since its launch in March 2020, more than one million eligible individuals have opted to participate.

The following people may choose an Advance Designation:

  • Adults and emancipated minors applying for benefits who do not have a representative payee.
  • Adult and emancipated minor beneficiaries/recipients who do not have a representative payee.

We offer Advance Designation if you fall into one of the above categories and are capable of making your own decisions. You can submit your Advance Designation information when you:

  • File a claim for benefits online.
  • Use the application available in your personal my Social Security account.
  • Call us by telephone at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).

In the event that you can no longer make your own decisions, you and your family will have peace of mind knowing you already chose someone you trust to manage your benefits.

We have updated our Frequently Asked Questions to answer any questions you may have about Advance Designation. You may also find more information about representative payees in our blog post.


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  1. Teresa L.

    Please I need help to get my corona virus supplement payment I’m still haven’t revived it and I need help I don’t understand what I need to do

  2. TRAVIS

    OKAY THANK YOU I WISH THEY WOULD UPDATE AND TELL US WHEN THEY WILL MAIL THEM TO ARE PAYEE

  3. TRAVIS

    HI I HAVE A PAYEE HOW WILL I RECIVE MY STIMULIS PAYMENT AMD WHEN THE IRS KEEPS GIVING A RUN AROUND

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Travis, thank you for your question. The Internal Revenue Service, which is part of the Department of Treasury, will be making Economic Income Payments to eligible people. To help you quickly and easily determine whether you need to take any action to receive your Economic Impact Payment, check out the step-by-step instructions on the Social Security and Coronavirus web page: https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/#anchorA. On that page, you will also find details about how the IRS will send economic impact payments to individuals that have a representative payee.

  4. Andrew

    I dont know how this aplies to me ,but in 2006 when I was put on SSDI the doc asked if I wanted a payee and I said Yes at that time because it was the safest bet.Well my Mom allways gave me my money all at once and since I came haome in late 2010 I havent paid one bill late and been in same apt for 9 years so I had changed myself to my own payee because I never really needed one.So in late Feb 2020 I called and tought it was changed but the lady put all wrong info in hoing to my bank account.So on March 9 th 2020 I called SSA and did what they asked me to and it was fixed going to my bank acount and finally got my Marches check on April 16,2020 and my regular one again on May 1,2020.What and why havent I got a economical Payment yet like everyone else as far as I know.What does having a payee last year have anything to do with your economical payment.That has no baring on y also getting a check.

  5. kathleen p.

    i am the designated rep payee for my daaughter kathi mcintosh who is on ssi when will she get a stimulus check all her payments go to me as the rep payee where is my payment?

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Kathleen, thank you for your question. The Internal Revenue Service, which is part of the Department of Treasury, will be making Economic Income Payments to eligible people. To help you quickly and easily determine whether you need to take any action to receive your Economic Impact Payment, or a payment for your qualifying child, check out the step-by-step instructions on the Social Security and Coronavirus web page. That page also has details on how IRS will send an economic impact payment for someone with a representative payee. We hope this helps.

  6. Gloria B.

    My Name is Gloria B Terry-Stowers
    I want to know when I am getting a Stimulus Check. My email is brendaterry84@gmai.com, and also can call me at 916-271-1128

  7. Randy h.

    I have a payee how will I get my stimulus check you’ll see get it in her checking account or will it come in the mail to me are you my tax check did because I don’t have direct deposit

  8. Randy H.

    I have a payee will I still get my stimulus check are will my payee get the stimulus check in her checking account and I don’t have direct deposit how will I get my check

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Randy, thank you for your question. In certain situations, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may deposit a Social Security or SSI beneficiary’s Economic Impact Payment (EIP) into an account managed by the representative payee, or the representative payee will receive a check. Check out our Social Security and Coronavirus web page for additional details on a representative payee’s responsibilities. We hope this helps.

  9. Gloria W.

    My son receives Social Security and SSI, and has direct deposit. He has a payee, will this hold up his stimulos payment?

    • Jason p.

      I’m in the same boat lmk if you find out anything its may 3rd and I have a payee and he is also on ssi and got his yet I’m still waiting..

  10. Judith W.

    Since I am my daughter’s rep payee, but do not qualify myself for SSDI, will she still get a stimulus payment? Her monthly SSDI payment goes into a joint checking account with me, so will her stimulus check be directly deposited as well?

    • SueMarie

      That is my situation also..have you gotten any info yet? I’ve been looking everywhere and it is so confusing.

    • James

      Mom used get SsI now she gey nothing how does she go about getting her stimulus check

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Judith, thank you for your question. Please visit the IRS Economic Impact Payments Information Center to answer your questions about eligibility, payment amounts, what to expect, when to expect it and more. Hope this helps!

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