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 Step 6 - Distribute Payment

The State Disbursement Unit (SDU) provides the following options for receiving support payments:

Direct Deposit– you can have the payments automatically deposited into a checking or savings account. There are several ways to enroll:
  • You can enroll online at Direct Deposit Login. To enroll for a Direct Deposit, click “Custodial Parties” and
        “Enroll Now”.
    You will need to provide your social security number and your participant identification number.
  • You can enroll by telephone. You may call the SDU at (866) 901-3212, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to
        8:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. You will need to provide your social security number and your participant
        identification number.
  • You can enroll by mail by completing a Direct Deposit Authorization Form and mailing it to the SDU at the
        address on the form.

  • Electronic Payment Card (EPC) – This is a MASTERCARD branded card that works like an ATM card. CPs can receive support payments easier, faster and have access to the funds 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The card can be used everywhere MASTERCARD is accepted.
  • You can enroll online at Enroll for EPC. To enroll for an Electronic Pay Card (EPC), click “Custodial Parties”
        and “Enroll Now”.
    You will need to provide your social security number and your participant identification number.
  • You can enroll by telephone. You may call the SDU at (866) 901-3212, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to
        8:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. You will need to provide your social security number and your participant
        identification number.

  • Standard Bank Check – if you do not select one of the options above, the SDU will send the payment to your current mailing address on record with the Department of Child Support Services.
  • If you receive public assistance, you have automatically assigned your right to receive all current child support and some past-due support. However, the first $50 of current support received each month will be paid to you, and the remainder will be applied to any public assistance you have received.

    The Federal Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-171) requires that all state child support agencies impose an Annual Service Fee for cases that meet the following criteria: 1.) The California Department of Child Support Services is providing IV-D services to the custodial party on the case. 2.) The custodial party on the case has never received public assistance under Title IV-A of the Social Security Act. 3.) $500 or more has been disbursed to the family on the case for the prior federal fiscal year (October 1- September 30).

    You may be exempt from being charged the Annual Service Fee if you are a resident outside the U.S., are currently receiving public assistance, have received public assistance in the past, or have already paid the fee in another state. You may request an exemption by completing the Certification of Annual Service Fee Exemption (DCSS-0678). For more information click here.

    In general, child support payments received by our office will be applied in the following order:

    1. Current month support, unless otherwise specified by the court.
    2. Interest owed on arrears (past-due support).
    3. Past-due support or reimbursements to welfare for prior month benefits.

    Currently, the legal rate of interest is 10% per year for any past-due child support. If there is past-due child support, the portion of the payment that is in excess of the current monthly support will be applied to the interest and then to the arrears. On a monthly basis, a statement of the amount of child support collected and distributed for each month of the reporting period will be mailed to the custodial party.