Send an employee's wages to the state for child support

For employers: You can set up recurring or one-time payments electronically.

What to do

The state uses ExpertPay to accept payment by bank account, debit or credit card, and PayPal.

Electronic payment

Register with ExpertPay.
 

  1. Select Employer
  2. Follow the prompts

You can set up automatic recurring payments.

Direct bank-to-bank transfer

Direct bank-to-bank transfer

You can also ask your bank to send money from your account to the California State Disbursement Unit (SDU) account directly.

To set up this form of electronic funds transfer, contact the SDU help desk.

Select option 1

Fines for not paying

If you don’t follow the withholding order, you might be responsible for the full amount of support owed, plus a fine.

You may have to go to court if you don’t withhold income as ordered.

The court can order an electronic funds transfer from your company’s bank.

Special cases

Out-of-state employers

Out-of-state employers

If you're an out-of-state employer, you can pay by check.

Make the check payable to “CA State Disbursement Unit."

Mail to:

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

Pay with one check, even if you are submitting for multiple employees.

You must include each:

  • Employee name
  • Child support enforcement case number
  • Child support Participant ID (located on most letters and billing statements)
  • Social Security number 
  • Date money was withheld (pay date)
  • Amount withheld per employee
  • Company name and phone number

If you don’t know the case number, call 1-866-901-3212.

Get help

Phone

You must answer automated questions before you talk to someone.

California Child Support Services

Bay Area Region Child Support Collaborative

Federal Office of Child Support Services

Child Support Services

Main Office
617 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-3503

Last updated February 9, 2024