Virginia Child Support Payments and EFT
The Virginia Division of Child Support Enforcement offers you the opportunity to
electronically submit your payroll withholdings for child support payments. The
use of electronic funds transfer (EFT) has several benefits for your business.
- The cost of an EFT remittance is lower than the cost to write a check.
- A detailed paper listing of employees, with social security numbers and the amount
withheld per employee, is no longer needed.
- Inquiries regarding discrepancies between the check amount and the employee list
- There can be no lost checks to track and no stop payments to place.
- Child support payments are promptly and correctly posted to each case, reducing
potential headaches for your employees and your payroll department.
There are several different ways to remit child support payments by electronic funds
transfer (EFT). These various options are offered to help employers select the method
most favorable to their circumstances.
- Virginia $4KIDS allows both employers and Non-custodial Parents to make
payments on our secure Web site, go to www.dss.virginia.gov/family/dcse.html and click on "Electronic Payments".
There is no cost for this program.
- Online banking can be used to pay child support electronically for financial
institutions that contract with Checkfree. (To determine if your financial
institution uses Checkfree, go to http://www.checkfreecorp.com/cda/corp and
drop down the list at “Pay Bills Online”. Then click on “Providers for
Consumers” and click on “All”. If your financial institution is not on this list,
your payment will come to DCSE by paper check.) Enter the NCP’s nine digit
social security number, without dashes, in the customer account number field.
The payee “Treasurer of Virginia” and the payment address of PO Box 570,
Richmond, VA 23218, have been programmed to generate EFT payments to
Virginia Child Support Enforcement.
- Many payroll companies can pay child support wage withholdings electronically.
ADP, Paychex, and Ceridian are three of the larger companies that offer this
service for child support payments.
- ExpertPay is a private Web-based business that can transmit electronic payments
to Virginia. An employer can contract with them for EFT service.
- Employers can utilize the direct deposit function of their payroll system to
make child support payments. The employee’s social security number in the
identification number field (field 7 of the Entry Detail Record) ensures that Child
Support Enforcement can properly identify the employee’s payment.
- Larger, multistate employers are often more interested in the CCD+ or CTX
formats for EFT. These formats are not only accepted by Virginia, but also most
of the other child support agencies in the country. The National Automated Clearing House
Association (NACHA) http://www.nacha.org/LegalAndRegulatoryResources
website has a copy of the "User's Guide for Electronic Support Payments", which gives
additional information about the NACHA standards for these two file formats. Note: the
CTX format must contain the full ASC X12 820 transaction set. Virginia posts
child support payments by the non-custodial parent’s social security number, so
verification of the state’s case number is not required, but it is helpful. The
employer need not send individual payments for each case that an employee may
have. Payments are applied to the non-custodial parent’s account and then
divided among that person’s cases. Also, Virginia does not require a FIPS code,
though 51000 may be used.
- Payments can also be made via our Virginia $4KIDS voice response system by calling
For further information and assistance, please contact:
EFT Customer Service: (804) 726-7333