Texas Attorney General Announces Child Support Debit Cards

Debit Card gives Dallas/ Fort Worth area parents alternative to getting checks in the mail

by / October 23, 2006
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott introduced the Texas Debit Card that gives parents in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex a new way to receive child support. The Texas Debit Card can be used for purchases at grocery stores and other merchant locations worldwide that take VISA debit cards. The card is safer and more convenient than using cash or checks. Parents do not need a bank account to get this card.

"The Texas Debit Card makes life easier for parents who receive child support because there is no worry about lost or stolen checks or wondering if a deposit has cleared," Abbott said. "The card is another example of my commitment to quality customer service and making sure child support payments reach families as quickly as possible."

Any parent who receives child support through the Texas Child Support Disbursement Unit in San Antonio is eligible for the Texas Debit Card. Local parents who continue to get a paper check (because they do not use direct deposit) are being notified about switching to the card. They are encouraged to check their mail for instructions from the state disbursement unit for ordering a card, enrolling in direct deposit, or continuing to receive a paper check. Parents who do nothing will receive their card later this month, with payments applied in November.

Parents can make two free cash withdrawals per month at any Wells Fargo ATM. They can make two additional cash withdrawals without a fee from a teller at any bank displaying the Visa or PLUS brand mark. Fees can be avoided by requesting cash back with a purchase.