The Department of Social Services is required by state law to use automated procedures to disburse child support payments. (SDCL 25-7A-3.2)
Custodial parents have two options for receiving their child support payments:
In most cases, child support payments will be received by your bank, if you choose direct deposit, or by US Bank ReliaCard within two to three business days after the Division of Child Support applies the payment. You will not receive your child support payments any later than you would have normally received your checks by mail.
Some of the benefits of direct deposit and the ReliaCard Visa are:
Direct Deposit is the electronic deposit of your child support into your bank, savings and loan, or credit union account. To select direct deposit for your child support payments, you must complete the Child Support Payment Authorization Form and select Option 1. You may designate only one account for your child support payments.
Mail your completed form to:
If you wish to receive the ReliaCard, you may select Option 2 on the Child Support Payment Authorization Form. If you do not enroll in Direct Deposit or return the completed form within 30 days, the ReliaCard Visa will automatically be sent to you. The ReliaCard Visa is an electronic payment card; it is not a credit card. It is a prepaid debit card to which your child support payments are directly deposited.
You can use the card to get cash at automated teller machines (ATMs) and cash back at many retail stores. You can also use the card at grocery stores, gas stations, shopping malls, online purchases, bill paying and mail or telephone orders.
The ReliaCard Visa gives you a monthly statement making it easy to track your account activity. After enrollment, you will receive customer service information from US Bank.
If there is a reason preventing you from using Direct Deposit or the ReliaCard Visa, you must complete the Request For Exemption, Option 3 on the enrollment form and return it to: