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Making Child Support Payments

 

California’s State Disbursement Unit (SDU) offers several options to noncustodial parents (NCP) for paying support if the payment is not already being withheld from the NCP's earnings or if the NCP wants to make additional payments. If you have an open case with a local child support agency (LCSA), you can pay by check, money order, credit card, cash or electronic funds transfer (EFT) using the following options:

  • Pay Online – you can make a single debit or credit card payment by accessing the SDU online.
  • Pay by Phone – you can make a single debit or credit card payment over the telephone at (866) 901-3212.
  • Pay by PDA/Mobile Phone - you can make a single debit or credit card payment by accessing: www.childsup.ca.gov. or make an electronic payment using the California Child Support Mobile App.
  • Pay by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) – you can set up ongoing (recurring) automatic withdrawals by EFT from your checking or savings account. See Non-Custodial Parent Registration.
  • Pay by Mail – you can pay by mail with a check or money order, made payable to SDU.   DO NOT SEND CASH.  Be sure to include your information on the check or money order:
    • Name
    • Participant number
    • Case number
    • Social Security number

               Mail payments to:
               California State Disbursement Unit
               P.O. Box 989067
               West Sacramento, CA 95798
 
               Please note:  Send Payments Only to the SDU. Please send all other written communication to our offices.

  • Pay in Person – you can pay by cash at any of our offices or at the CCW courthouse (18th Floor). Cashier hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can also make a payment in person using check, money order, or credit card. However, you will save time if you mail your check or money order directly to the SDU. You can pay by credit card online or by telephone.
  • Pay by MoneyGram - you can pay by cash or debit card at 6,200 locations in California. Find a location by accessing MoneyGram online or calling 1 (800) 926-9400. You will need your child support Participant ID number and Receive Code 14630 to make a payment. MoneyGram charges a $1.99 per transaction fee.

    The payment may take three business days to post to your child support account.

  • PayNearMe - you can make a cash payment at over 8,500 7-Eleven, Family Dollar and ACE Cash Express locations nationwide.  To find a location go to the PayNearMe map. You will need to sign up and log onto the PayNearMe website and enter your name and child support Participant ID to obtain a payment code to make the payment. PayNearMe charges $1.99 per transaction fee.

    The payment may take three business days to post to your child support account.

    Learn more at https://www.childsup.ca.gov/payments options or call (866) 901-3212.

 

You will not receive credit for a payment until it is processed by the SDU.

 

 

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