The EDD Debit Card

In order to help customers receive their Unemployment, Disability, and Paid Family Leave Program benefits faster, easier and more secure, the EDD has worked with Bank of America to introduce the EDD Debit Card. The EDD Debit Card is like any other debit card with access to funds 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted. Do not throw your card away because the EDD Debit Card is valid for three years after the date of issue, and will be used for all EDD benefit programs.

When you receive your EDD Debit Card and welcome packet in the mail, thoroughly read your California Employment Development Department Debit Card Deposit Agreement and the Schedule of Bank Fees section to ensure you understand any transaction and service fees that may apply to your card. Fees can be avoided with careful use of the card.

To get access to cash without paying a fee you can do the following:

  • Cash-back purchases at grocery stores, drug stores, and U.S. post office locations
  • ATM withdrawals at Bank of America ATMs
  • Unlimited cash access at any bank or credit union that accepts Visa cards. (With valid ID).

Please be cautious if you receive any type of phone calls or email messages regarding your EDD Debit Card. Neither the Employment Development Department nor the Bank of America will contact you under any circumstances to request your EDD Debit Card account number and/or PIN. If you are contacted by phone or email and asked for your information, do not respond.

If you have your EDD Debit Card and have questions, contact the Bank of America via telephone at 1-866-692-9374, English and Spanish options available.