Department of Child Support Services

The Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) provides the following services:

  • Establish paternity
  • Establish child and medical support orders
  • Enforce/modify child and medical support orders
  • Collect and distribute child and spousal support payments


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Downtown Courthouse
220 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101

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Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
For payments: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
Call Center Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday   |   866-901-3212
Automated information available by phone 24 hours a day.



If you receive an automated telephone call or from someone identifying themselves as being with the State Disbursement Unit and they are requesting you to call 1-800-901-3212, provide your Electronic Payment Card number or any other personal information, do not return this call. It is a phishing scam. You should never provide personal information in response to such phone calls. While it is sometimes necessary to contact child support customers, the Department of Child Support Services never asks for confidential information on an automated telephone call. To verify the authenticity of a call, please call 1-866-901-3212 to speak to a child support representative.


Regional Locations:

North Central Family Resource Center
5055 Ruffin Road, San Diego, CA 92123
Open 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Mon. - Fri.
(Accepts credit card payments only)

Vista Courthouse Complex
325 South Melrose Dr., Vista, CA 92081
Open 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Mon. - Fri.
(Enter through Traffic Court Annex and
pass security screening by 3:30 p.m.)

Our Mission:
To enhance the lives and well-being of children and promote family self-sufficiency
by establishing and enforcing support orders.

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