Account Payments

Child support payments are collected and processed by the California State Disbursement Unit (SDU). While wage withholdings are required by law, the SDU provides the Parent Paying Support (PPS) with several other methods for making additional payments voluntarily. If you are not subject to service of wage withholdings (i.e., self-employed), these options are available. For anyone, making additional payments will reduce the amount of interest you pay.

Cash payments through PayNearMe at national 7-Eleven, Family Dollar and Ace Cash Express locations

This option makes it easier and more convenient for you to make your child support payment(s).

How to make a payment:

  1. You will need to obtain a barcode through PayNearMe. The barcode/payment code can be printed, emailed or sent via SMS to your smart phone. To obtain a barcode go to https://www.paynearme.com/california and enter in the following information:
    1. The last four digits of your social security number (Optional)
    2. Your Home Address
    3. Your full Participant ID number
    4. Your First and Last Name as it appears in our office
    5. Your E-mail or Mobile Phone Number
  2. For a list of participating 7-Eleven, Family Dollar and Cash Express locations visit http://paynearme.com/en/payment-locations/.
  3. Take the printed barcode or SMS barcode/payment code to any participating 7-Eleven, Family Dollar and Cash Express location to make your cash payment.

Payment Limitations through PayNearMe:

  • $1,000 limit per transaction per location
  • $2,900 total daily limit no matter the location
  • $10,000 limit in a 30 day period

Please note: The legal date of collection will be the date the California State Disbursement Unit receives the payment from PayNearMe. The standard fee for making a payment through PayNearMe is $1.99.

Pay through MoneyGram

This option makes it easier and more convenient for you to make your child support payment(s).

How to make a payment:

  1. Find a U.S. MoneyGram agent location. Over 39,000 available.
  2. Bring the following info:
    1. Our State Agency Payee Name SDU
    2. Receive Code 14630
    3. Your Case Number and/or Participant ID
  3. Pay your child support and fee at the cash counter.

Please note: The legal date of collection will be the date the California State Disbursement Unit receives the payment from MoneyGram. The standard fee for making a payment through MoneyGram is $1.99.

Electronic Payment Options

Parent Paying Support (PPS) payment options allow an automatic withdrawal from your bank account or credit card utilizing a Personal Identification Number (PIN) assigned to you when you register with the SDU. You can initiate this using the SDU website or the SDU integrated voice response system at 1-866-901-3212. This payment option allows the Parent Paying Support (PPS) to submit payments electronically from their bank account or credit card through a secure, internet- or phone- based system at no charge.

Click Here to set up your account to make electronic payments and view your payment history.

To Pay By Mail

You may send your payment by mail to the following address:

State Disbursement Unit
P.O. Box 989067
West Sacramento, CA 95798-9067

Please remember to always include your case number whenever you remit payment via check.

Remittance in Person

Our lobby is open 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday at:

Department of Child Support Services
Lobby (use the Family Services entrance)
251 East Hackett Road
Modesto, CA

Payments are accepted by check or cash in the exact amount only. No change is available.

Click Here to learn more about your payment options and the Statewide Disbursement Unit.