Ten states concentrated in the west and midwest offer the ReliaCard for child support payments, as of 2015, according to U.S. Bank. Child support payments are also paid through ReliaCard in Arkansas, Maine, Vermont and Hawaii.
The western states offering child support payments through ReliaCard are Montana, Wyoming and Colorado, reports U.S. Bank. Midwestern states that use ReliaCard for child support include North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. Michigan and Minnesota also provide the ReliaCard for child support payments.
The ReliaCard is a prepaid Visa debit card issued by U.S. Bank. State governments contract with U.S. Bank to distribute payments through ReliaCard. Payments other than child support issued through ReliaCard include programs such as Unemployment Insurance, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Workers Compensation and Trade Adjustment Assistance. Government payrolls, pension programs and childcare payments may also be issued on ReliaCard. The Department of Corrections uses ReliaCard, as does Health and Human Services.
State agencies collect child support payments from payers by direct deposit, explains U.S. Bank. The money is then loaded onto the recipient's ReliaCard automatically, and funds are available immediately. The cards can then be used to pay bills or make purchases anywhere Visa cards are accepted. No credit checks or bank accounts are required to be eligible for a ReliaCard.