Payment Options

Making Payments

Pay With your Credit Card

Online:

  • Access the SDU website here (you will then be taken to the SDU website).
  • Select “Non-Custodial Parent” and follow the prompts to pay with your Mastercard or Visa. Please note that the term “non-custodial parent” is an outdated reference that will be corrected soon.  Many parents paying child support have full or partial custody of their children.
  • Please note, the SDU portal only accepts Mastercard or Visa electronic payments.

By phone:

  • Call the California State Disbursement Unit (SDU) at 1-866-901-3212.
  • Select Option 1.
  • Please note, the SDU portal only accepts Mastercard or Visa electronic payments.         

With PayPal:

  • You will need your Participant ID number and a PayPal account.
  • Methods of payment accepted by PayPal are: PayPal balance, PayPal branded debit and credit cards, bank account debit card, and credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover).
  • There is a 2.49% ($3.95 minimum) service fee on every transaction.
  • Please note, the maximum transaction amount per day is $5,000.00 and it may take three or four days for your payment to be posted to your child support account.

Pay With your Checking or Savings Account

Online:

  • Access the SDU website here (you will then be taken to the SDU website).
  • Select “Non-Custodial Parent” and follow the prompts to pay with your checking or savings account.

By phone:

  • Call the California State Disbursement Unit (SDU) at  1-866-901-3212.
  • Select Option 1.
  • Electronic payments can be made from your checking or savings account.

With PayPal:

  • You will need your Participant ID number and a PayPal account.
  • Methods of payment accepted by PayPal are: PayPal balance, PayPal branded debit and credit cards, bank account debit card, and credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover).
  • There is a 2.49% ($3.95 minimum) service fee on every transaction.
  • Please note, the maximum transaction amount per day is $5,000.00 and it may take three or four days for your payment to be posted to your child support account.

Pay with Cash

At your local child support agency:

  • All California child support agencies accept payment by cash, credit card and e-check at automated kiosks during regular business hours, and a few will accept limited forms of payment over the counter.  Your county may also have kiosks at the county courthouse or other locations.
  • To find out if the office nearest you accepts in-office payments, call 1-866-901-3212.

With PayNearMe:

  • Use PayNearMe at 7-Eleven, Family Dollar, CVS Pharmacies (except inside Target), Casey’s General Store and ACE Cash Express stores.
  • Get a personal PayNearMe barcode on PayNearMe’s California child support page at www.PayNearMe.com/California or by contacting your local child support office at 1-866-901-3212.
  • Present the barcode – either on a smart phone or on paper – to a cashier to be scanned at the counter.
  • Reuse the barcode for future payments or get a new one, as needed.
  • Find a PayNearMe location near you.
  • PayNearMe charges a $1.99 convenience fee and guarantees payments.
  • Please note, it may take three or four days for your payment to be posted to your child support account.

With MoneyGram:

  • Use MoneyGram at Advance America, Albertsons, CVS Pharmacies (except inside Target), Raley’s/Bel Air, Walmart, and others.
  • There are more than 6,200 locations in California and 40,000 nationwide that accept child support payments on California cases.
  • Find a location at https://secure.moneygram.com/locations or call 1-800-926-9400.
  • To make a payment, you will need your Participant ID number and Receive Code 14630.
  • MoneyGram charges a $1.99 fee and guarantees payments.
  • Please note, it may take three or four days for your payment to be posted to your child support account.

Mail a Check or Money Order

  • Please note, if your case is a private case that is not managed by a child support agency, call 1-866-901-3212 for assistance with making payments by mail.
  • If your case is managed by Child Support Services, you can mail a check or money order to:

CA SDU
PO BOX 989067
West Sacramento, CA
95798-9067

 

Receiving Payments

By Direct Deposit

  • Your child support payments can be deposited directly in your checking or savings account. 
  • This is safer and faster than waiting for a check to be mailed. 
  • To sign up for Direct Deposit, access the California State Disbursement Unit (SDU) website here (you will then be taken to the SDU website).
  • Then, select “Custodial Party” and you will be taken to the Direct Deposit sign up option.

With an Electronic Payment Card (EPC) 

  • You can choose to receive an EPC that looks and works like a pre-paid debit card. 
  • Every month, your child support payment will be applied to the card balance and you can use the card anywhere Mastercard is accepted.
  • To apply for an EPC, access the California State Disbursement Unit (SDU) website here and select “Custodial Party.”
  • Then follow all prompts to receive your card.

By Check

  • You can still receive your child support payment as a paper check, but this option is slow and insecure, as your payment can be delayed or stolen out of your mail. 
  • California Child Support Services strongly encourages you to use one of the safer electronic payment options.