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Child Support Division

Electronic Payment Card (EPC)


Fall 2004 the North Dakota Child Support Program is changing the way payments are sent to families. To meet state requirements that payments be sent as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible, Child Support will send payments by either direct deposit or electronic payment card. Paper checks will essentially be eliminated.

Your child support will be deposited directly into one of three types of accounts:

Direct Deposit and Electronic Payment Cards

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is this change being made? Sending support payments electronically or by direct deposit gets your payment to you safely and reliably while reducing costs to taxpayers.

What does this mean for me? You will no longer receive a paper check in the mail. Your support payment will either be direct deposited with the bank or credit union of your choice or added to an electronic payment card from U.S. Bank®, known as the ReliaCard® Visa®.

What is an electronic payment card? An electronic payment card is a type of debit card. You can use the card at automated teller machines (ATMs), banks, credit unions or buy goods and services anywhere Visa debit cards are accepted.

How is the electronic payment card different from direct deposit? With direct deposit, you choose the bank or credit union where you want your payments sent. With electronic payment cards you don’t need a bank account and the card can be used anywhere Visa debit cards are accepted.

How can I get more information about the EPC? Additional information will be mailed for updated information in a few weeks, and you can continue visiting our web site at www.childsupportnd.com.

If you prefer to have your payments deposited directly into a checking or savings account, go to direct deposit enrollment procedures.

For further information contact the Customer Service Unit at (701) 328-5440 or Toll Free at (800) 231-4255.


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