Direct Deposit

Getting Child Support Payments? Sign up for Direct Deposit!

Your payments go straight to your checking or savings account, safer and faster than a paper check.

Sign up for Direct Deposit here. 

Electronic Payment Card

Like a prepaid debit card, your support payments get added to the balance every month. Child Support EPCs are accepted anywhere that takes Mastercard.

Sign up for an EPC here. 

A child support services case can be opened by either parent, or a legal guardian, whether or not a child support court order exists. If you already have a court order, opening a case offers neutral assistance with every part of the process, keeps records, and helps both parties stay on track. If you do not have a case, applying for child support means your local child support agency will help you locate the other parent, establish legal paternity/parentage if required, get a court order and see that it is enforced in every state and many foreign countries. To start the process, you have several options:

1. Apply Online

  • To apply for services online, click here
  • You will be taken to a secure website where you can enter all the information necessary to complete an application, which will then be automatically routed to the child support agency in your area. 
  • Please plan to take 30-45 minutes to complete all of the parts of the online application.

*Please note, persons currently receiving CalWORKS (government cash assistance/welfare) are automatically referred to their local child support agency for services. If you are a CalWORKS beneficiary and have questions about your case, please contact your local office.

2. Apply In Person

  • To apply in person, download and complete an Application for Child Support Services Packet (found below). 
  • Then, return it to the child support agency in your area to be processed. 
  • Applications are also available on a walk-in basis at all local offices. 

As stated above, if you are receiving CalWORKS (government cash assistance/welfare), you will automatically be referred to a child support office in your area. 

Application for Child Support Services Packet

Self-Service “Application for Support Services” Packet

The following forms are included in the application packet: