More than 464,000 West Virginians already are using either direct deposit or the Direct Express card for their monthly benefits.
Lebryk said anyone receiving paper checks can visit the GoDirect.org website or call 800-333-1795 to switch to direct deposit or the Direct Express card.
Anyone who does not make the switch by March 1 will automatically be issued a Direct Express card.
AARP officials plan to team up with federal officials over the next two months to help inform members of the pending change.
"We're going to do a very hard push," Hunter said. "We're going to be using all of our publications - our bulletin, our magazine, our newsletters and e-blast - to notify people of the changes that are going to take place in March."
Hunter said the AARP favors the change since it provides seniors the ability to get same-day benefit deposits and protects people from having their checks stolen.
He said officials would encourage seniors to be on the lookout for scams leading up to the transition.
He said seniors should be extra cautious if they get calls from people claiming to be with the Social Security Administration.
"If they would have any sort of contact from people by phone asking them for their address, Social Security number or bank account information, that's likely a scam or fraud," Hunter said.
He said anyone receiving a suspicious call should avoid giving away any personal information and then notify law enforcement to report the call.
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Breakdown of paper checks:
Beginning March 1, the U.S. Department of the Treasury will no longer mail monthly paper checks to recipients of many federal programs, including Social Security and Supplemental Security Income. Those currently receiving paper checks will need to switch to electronic payments by that deadline. The move will affect nearly 12 percent of the state's Social Security and SSI beneficiaries.
West Virginia's paper check profile:
- Social Security paper check recipients: 43,547
- SSI paper checks recipients: 19,682
- Total paper checks recipients: 63,229
- Total Social Security & SSI payments (paper & electronic): 537,473
- Checks as a percent of payments: 11.8%
- State ranking, by number of paper checks: 24th
- State ranking, by percentage of paper recipients: 1st
- Annual savings if all state residents were direct deposit: $698,048
Source: U.S. Department of the Treasury, Financial Management Service