Today, child support payments are collected and processed by a single entity, the State Disbursement Unit (SDU). Required by federal law, the SDU processes 100% of child support payments in California. There are three ways the SDU send child support payments:
Your child support payments can be deposited directly in your checking or savings account.
This is safer and faster than waiting for a check to be mailed.
To sign up for Direct Deposit, access the California State Disbursement Unit (SDU) website here (you will then be taken to the SDU website).
Then, select “Person Receiving Support” and you will be taken to the Direct Deposit sign up option.
Electronic Payment Card:
You can choose to receive an EPC that looks and works like a pre-paid debit card.
Every month, your child support payment will be applied to the card balance and you can use the card anywhere Mastercard is accepted.
To apply for an EPC, access the California State Disbursement Unit (SDU) website here and select “Person Receiving Support.”