Child Support

Child Support Services

Electronic Payment of Child Support

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:

  1. You may choose to have your child support directly deposited into your bank account OR
  2. You can receive your payments through an electronic payment card called the US Bank ReliaCard Visa.

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.

Electronic Payment Benefits

Some of the benefits of direct deposit and the ReliaCard Visa are:

  • Saves you time from depositing and cashing checks; no check cashing fees.
  • Eliminates the risk of child support checks being lost or stolen.
  • Ensures payments are received timely by eliminating postal delays such as address changes, weather conditions, or postal routing errors.
  • Provides greater security than carrying cash.
  • Provides convenience for cash withdrawals at ATMs and banks.
  • Allows purchases and cash back at retail stores with use of the ReliaCard Visa, rather than using cash or checks.
  • Reduces the cost of disbursing payments, which saves taxpayer dollars.

Direct Deposit

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 Direct Deposit Enrollment and Authorization Form. You may designate only one account for your child support payments.

Mail your completed form to:

  • South Dakota Department of Social Services
    Division of Child Support
    Direct Deposit Program
    700 Governors Drive
    Pierre, SD 57501.

Electronic Payment Card

If you do not enroll in Direct Deposit, 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.

Electronic Payment Exemptions

If there is a reason preventing you from using Direct Deposit or the ReliaCard Visa, you must complete the Exemption Request Form and return it to:

  • South Dakota Department of Social Services
    Division of Child Support
    Attn: Electronic Payment Coordinator
    700 Governors Drive
    Pierre, SD 57501
If you have any questions regarding electronic payment of child support, call the Division of Child Support at (605) 773-3641.