Most employers must pay electronically as of January 1, 2019.

The law applies to employers or businesses that receive Income Withholding Orders from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Child Support and meets at least one of the following:

  • Has 10 or more employees or contractors OR

  • Has less than 10 employees but receives an order for more than one employee OR

  • Uses a payroll processing company OR

  • Required to file and pay taxes electronically to the Department of Revenue

To make it easier, pay online or choose other options. The law includes exemptions or waivers for those who qualify. Call the Electronic Fund Transfer unit at 1-800-468-7422 with questions or help choosing and setting up payments. 

Helping families and children

Employers play a big part in helping over 350,000 children receive child support services. As a key partner in the Washington state child support program, you do your part when you follow state and federal law in reporting new hires, withhold income, send payments to us, and enroll children into healthcare plans. Sign up for free webinars or check out our Employer Guide to learn more. By working together, we continue to improve the lives of children. Thank you.


Call 1-800-562-0479 Employer Relations Team or email dcs-cru@dshs.wa.gov with child support questions.