While federal agencies send most child support payments electronically, there are still some cases when checks are issued to child support agencies. The U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bureau of the Fiscal Service, sends most checks to state child support agencies.
The Kansas City Financial Center, one of two financial centers, processes all of Treasury-disbursed payments, both domestic and international, including printing and mailing responsibilities. Disbursement of paper checks is split between the Kansas City Center and its sister site, the Philadelphia Financial Center.
The Payment Management Call Center can answer questions about Treasury-sponsored programs and Treasury-disbursed payments.
The image above will help you identify specific information printed on the Treasury check. Find the corresponding number or letter below.
Information contained on a U.S. Treasury check:
Information on the Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) line of a U.S. Treasury check:
If you are certain that your SDU should not receive the payment, contact the Payment Management Call Center to determine which federal agency authorized the payment and arrange for its return. For identification purposes, the city and state of the Financial Center is printed on the top center of the check. A U.S. Treasury check, with the exception of a check returned from the Social Security Administration (SSA), will have the return address of the Financial Center on the envelope.
If your SDU needs to return a payment to the SSA by paper check, please use the following procedure:
Mid-Atlantic Program Service Center
PO Box 3430
Philadelphia, PA 19122
There are several reasons why you cannot identify a Treasury check, including:
For information to match the U.S. Treasury check payment with the child support case, contact the Payment Management Call Center. The customer liaison will ask for the check number and check symbol as well as other payment information, such as the date of payment, amount, and account number (for example, the noncustodial parent's SSN). The liaison can provide a point of contact to the issuing federal payment agency that withheld the child support payment and can help explain the various codes on the face of the check.
Contact the noncustodial parent's federal payroll agency or the agency where they work for information on the underlying income withholding order.