Aug 04, 2015

California Department of Child Support Services Now Accepting Cash Payments at 7-Eleven Stores Nationwide

California is second state to add PayNearMe for cash-payment acceptance

Sunnyvale, CA Aug. 4, 2015 – The California Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) is partnering with Silicon Valley technology company PayNearMe to accept cash child-support payments at nearly 8,000. 7-Eleven stores nationwide, many of which are open 24 hours a day. The in-store transaction requires no paperwork and can be done in approximately 60 seconds.  The first state child-support agency to use PayNearMe was Nebraska Child Support Payment Center.

DCSS began offering PayNearMe in Fresno County in June. The county saw payments as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 8 p.m., including payments made in four states outside of California. Based on Fresno’s success, DCSS has now made PayNearMe available to all 51 county child support agencies in the state of California.

“PayNearMe benefits a variety of parents, from those who work late shifts, to those who don’t have bank accounts; those who receive their tips or paychecks in cash and others who simply prefer to pay that way,” said PayNearMe’s general manager Christian Solomine. “August is Child Support Awareness Month. This month is about encouraging parents to be there for their kids – and this is one more way they can do that easily.”

Parents can use PayNearMe to make a California child support payment in three easy steps.

  1. Visit childsup.ca.gov/paymentoptions and select PayNearMe as the payment option.
  2. Fill in their personal Participant Identification Number (PAR ID) and select whether they would like their payment ID code sent to their phone or email.
  3. Choose from the list of 7-Eleven locations closest to them, visit the store and hand both payment ID code and cash to the cashier.

After the transaction is completed, the non-custodial parent receives a receipt as proof of payment. Payments can take up to three days to post, and there is a $1.99 convenience fee.

PayNearMe has been working in the child support space since 2014, when the company began processing child support payments for Nebraska Child Support Payment Center. In the past year, the number of payments processed per month has quadrupled, while the dollar volume of payments processed per month has multiplied six times. The Nebraska Child Support Payment Center receives 20 percent of its payments from 30 states outside of Nebraska.

For child-support agencies, implementation of PayNearMe for cash payments can be done quickly, with minimal changes to their systems. Those interested in learning more can email partner@paynearme.com, stop by the Innovations Table at this month’s National Child Support Enforcement Association’s Leadership Symposium, or visit www.paynearme.com.

 About PayNearMe

PayNearMe is the first financial services provider to offer consumers an electronic way to pay with cash using their mobile device. The PayNearMe app, available in the Google Play store and iTunes App Store, enables consumers to pay for cable and phone bills, insurance, utilities, rent, loans, and much more with cash. Since 2009, PayNearMe has helped government agencies and businesses including Greyhound and City of North Las Vegas to accept cash payments remotely. Consumers can make payments on their own schedule, in their own neighborhood, in less than one minute at more than 17,000 retail locations in PayNearMe’s nationwide network, which includes 7-Eleven and Family Dollar stores. For more information, visit www.PayNearMe.com.

About California Department of Child Support Services

California Department of Child Support Services and its 51 local child support agencies operate the second largest child support system in the U.S. The department works collaboratively with the local agencies, the courts, county health and human services entities, employers and various state and federal agencies to help parents provide for their children. California Department of Child Support Services.