Unemployment Benefit Payment Options

You have two options for receiving your unemployment benefit payments:

  • Direct Deposit - your benefit payments are deposited to your checking or savings account; or
  • Maine Automated Payment (MAP) Visa Debit Card - your benefit payments are deposited to a prepaid debit card that can be used at ATMs, financial institutions and anywhere that the Visa logo is displayed. Your MAP Card is free, but fees and surcharges apply to certain transactions and services.

The Maine Department of Labor no longer issues paper unemployment checks.