Receiving Child Support

The New Jersey Child Support Program offers two options for receiving support payments – direct deposit or the New Jersey Debit MasterCard® (NJ Debit Card) – that make receiving support payments faster, easier and safer.

Direct deposit means that support payments are deposited directly into the custodial parent's bank account (either checking or savings). To be eligible for direct deposit, you must receive your payments directly from the New Jersey Child Support Program. To sign up, you must complete an authorization form, which is available at your local child support office or can be downloaded by clicking here.

Custodial parents who do not already use or apply to use direct deposit will receive a NJ Debit Card. Your support payments are posted to your NJ Debit Card account. You do not need to have a bank account. You can use the card to get cash at banks and ATMs, make purchases or get cash back, and to check your balance. Each month you will get one free cash withdrawal per deposit. The NJ Debit Card offers a 24-hour customer service line at 1-866-461-4094; or you can visit their website at www.eppicard.com.

Custodial parents who are starting or changing direct deposit or starting a New Jersey Debit Card account should allow approximately ten days for payments to reach the account.