An application is required to open a case with the Department of Child Support Services, unless you are currently receiving public assistance.
When submitting an application for services it is important to provide as much information as possible about both parents and the child(ren). Information such as social security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and places of employment. If a marriage occurred please provide the complete date of marriage, separation and divorce. IMPORTANT: If you already have an order for child support please provide a copy and any subsequent modifications to the original order and submit them along with your completed application.
Completed applications can be mailed or dropped off at the local Child Support agency office.
Online application is now available. You can now fill out an application for child support services online and submit it electronically. It is easy, safe, and no cost to you. To proceed and open a case electronically, click here to complete an online application.
You can request an application for services in several ways:
- Call toll free at1-866-901-3212
- Visit the Santa Clara Department of Child Support Services office at 880 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95131 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday except holidays. (We are OPEN on State Furlough Fridays). No appointment is required.
- Fax a request to: 408-503-5252
- To download an application the following link will take you to the state's website, "Applying for Child Support Services" then choose "FS-CSS-002 Self Service Application for Support Services Packet".
Once your application is processed you will be sent notification by mail in the form of an information packet and a caseworker will call you within 10 days of the case opening.