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Paying Criminal Debt, Civil and Criminal Cash Bonds, and Other Payments Using Pay.gov

See the court’s downloadable brochure on making online payments through Pay.gov.

 

What is Pay.gov?

Pay.gov is the United States Treasury’s online payment portal. The benefits include not needing to bother with printing paper forms and paying for postage, and not having to worry about delays in the mail. Payments can be submitted online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can make one-time payments or establish recurring payments through your bank account.

What Types of Fees and Debts Can Be Paid Through Pay.gov?

  • Criminal Debt
  • Civil and Criminal Cash Bonds
  • Certification of Document
  • CJA repayment
  • Court Costs
  • CVB Fines
  • Electronic Record Retrieval
  • Exemplification of Document
  • Issuance of Apostille
  • Miscellaneous Filing Fee
  • Misdemeanor Appeal
  • Power of Attorney
  • Record Retrieval
  • Registration of Foreign Judgment
  • Reproduction Fee
  • Returned Check Fee
  • Sanctions
  • Other Payments

What Payment Methods Are Accepted Through Pay.gov?

  • Debit Card: One-time payments can be made using Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express debit cards.
  • Checking or Savings Account: One-time or recurring payments can be made using business or personal checking and savings (ACH) accounts.
  • PayPal: Payments can be made from PayPal accounts.
  • Note that criminal debt payments cannot be made with credit cards.

New! Access Via Mobile App

One-time criminal debt payments can be made via our mobile app, “CAND Pay,” available in Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store.

How To Pay Criminal Debt, Civil and Criminal Cash Bonds, and Other Payments With Pay.Gov

How to Make A One-time Payment

  1. For criminal debt, obtain the Court CCAM Case Number and Defendant Number from the monthly payment coupon.
  2. For cash bond, obtain the case number from the court bond document.
  3. For other payments, enter the case number, if any.
  4. Contact the District Court Clerk’s Finance Office at (415) 522-4621 or via email at CAND_Finance@cand.uscourts for help with the case number to enter.
  5. From your computer or other Internet accessible device, visit Pay.gov.
  6. Click Continue to the Form after reading the initial instructions.
  7. Complete the form:
    • Enter your name, address, phone number, email, and the case number, if any, associated with the case and click Continue.
    • Select a payment method and click Next.
    • Enter your account information and click Review and Submit Payment.
    • Review the summary information, check the authorization and disclosure statement checkbox, and click Submit Payment.
    • Click Print Receipt on the confirmation page.

How to Set Up Recurring Payments

  1. From your computer or other Internet accessible device, visit Pay.gov.
  2. Prepare your payment information. You will need:
    • Personal or business information (name, address).
    • One of the following: your bank statement, a check, or a debit card.
    • The amount you will pay.
    • How many payments you need to make and how often.
  3. Create an Account:
    • Click Create an Account in the upper right corner of the page.
    • Click Create a Personal Account.
    • Enter your name and email address, check you have read the Rules of Behavior checkbox, and click the Activate Account button
    • A link will be sent to your email to confirm your account, so you must have access to email. Open the email and click the link.
    • Complete the wizard by entering your personal information, creating a username and password, creating security questions, and click the Create My Account button.
    • Once your is account set up, you will be prompted to sign in.
  4. Click in the Search bar, type “Northern District of California Criminal Debt” and click Search.
  5. Click Continue to the Form.
  6. Enter your personal information and click Continue.
  7. Select your payment method and click Next.
  8. Enter payment information, then click the button next to I WANT TO SET UP RECURRING PAYMENTS.
  9. Select payment frequency. The actual date you are charged may be affected by weekends
    and holidays.

     

    • Weekly: Payments will be charged every seven (7) days.
    • Biweekly: Payments will be charged every 14 days.
    • Monthly: Payments will be charged on the same day every month.
    • First and 15th: Payments will be charged on the first and 15th of every month.
    • 15th and end of month: Payments will be charged on the 15th and last day of every month.
    • Quarterly: Payments will be charged every 90 calendar days.
  10. Enter the total number of automatic payments you wish to schedule.
  11. Complete remaining information, then click Review and Submit Payment.
  12. Review the summary, check the authorization and disclosure checkbox, and click Submit Payment.
  13. Print Receipt from the confirmation page for your records.