Child Support Payments

Payment is due by the end of the month.

Payment should be made no later than the 20th of the month to ensure the  payment is credited before the end of the month.

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Payment options: 


Credit/Debit Card Payments
  • State Disbursement Unit
    (1.9% service fee, effective at 6 p.m. on February 25, 2021)
  • Call 866-901-3212, your case manager or visit our open offices 
    (1.9% service fee, effective at 6 p.m. on February 25, 2021)
  • PayPal
    (2.49% service fee)




Cash | e-Check | Debit/Credit Cards

Accepted at self-service payment kiosks available at:

Look for a DCSS TouchPay kiosk in lobby areas.

Cash and e-Check payments (FREE)

Credit/Debit card transactions
(2.2% processing fee, effective 8/1/2020)


Cash Payments

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The other parent has the full month to make the payment


You may receive multiple payments within the month based on the other parent's pay schedule


We will not take more than 50% of the other parents income for the monthly child support amount


Payments are distributed within 24 hours of State Disbursement Unit receiving payments


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2022 Pass-through FAQs

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  • Why did I suddenly get more money?

    Starting January 1, 2022, if you receive cash assistance for your child or children through the CalWORKs program, the amount of the current month’s child support payment that is “passed through” to you may change from $50 up to $100 if you have one child, and up to $200 if you have two or more children living in the home. This is because the law that covers this “pass-through” has permanently changed.

  • What does the Pass-Through Increase mean for me or the other parent?
    • DOES NOT mean that the parent ordered to pay support is paying more. The law changed to let families have more money while the government keeps less for reimbursement benefits.
    • DOES NOT mean that you will receive less cash assistance through the CalWORKs program.
    • IS NOT a mistake, and you do not have to return any of the increased amount you may receive.
  • What if my child support payment is less than the “Pass-Through” amount?

    If the current child support collected is less than $100 for 1 child, or less than $200 for 2 or more children, you will only receive the amount collected, NOT the increased amount.

  • How do I get the payment increase?

    There is no action required and the increase will automatically start for child support collected on or after January 1, 2022.

2022 Pass-Through Increase Infographic


Frequently Asked Questions