Paying Criminal Debt Using 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.

Payment Methods Accepted Through Pay.gov for Criminal Debt

  • 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 With Pay.Gov

How to Make A One-time Payment

  1. Obtain your Court CCAM Case Number and Defendant Number from your monthly payment coupon or contact the District Court Clerk’s Office to identify your number.
  2. From your computer or other Internet accessible device, visit pay.gov.
  3. Click in the Search bar, type “Northern District of California Criminal Debt” and click Search.
  4. Click Continue to the Form under United States District Court Northern District of California Criminal Debt Form.
  5. Complete the form:
    • Enter your personal information including the CCAM number associated with your 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.
    1. Weekly: Payments will be charged every seven (7) days.
    2. Biweekly: Payments will be charged every 14 days.
    3. Monthly: Payments will be charged on the same day every month.
    4. First and 15th: Payments will be charged on the first and 15th of every month.
    5. 15th and end of month: Payments will be charged on the 15th and last day of every month.
    6. 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.