Court-Ordered Debt Payment Instructions

Western Union is the only payment option to pay your court-ordered debt (COD) to the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) offers to expedite the release of your driver license. If you have any other referring court-ordered liabilities, they must also be paid. To expedite (speed up) the release of your license:

    Call the referring office that placed the hold on your driver license and ask: “Does your office accept Western Union payment in full through the California Franchise Tax Board’s COD account to expedite the release of my license?” 
    If the answer is yes, then pay your COD account in full through Western Union and provide COD with the Western Union Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN).
    If the answer is no, ask the referring office if they accept other payment options to expedite the release.


This service charges a fee.

    Go to Western Union—Send Money to pay online, in person, or by phone.
    Check Pay A Bill box
    Provide one of the following:
    Company name: CA Franchise Tax Board
    City code (no spaces): FranchiseTaxBoard
    Account number: Enter account number
    Attention: Court-Ordered Debt
    Amount: Enter payment amount
    Speed: Check Urgent box
    Once payment is complete, Western Union will give you a Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN).
    Call COD at 916.845.4064 and provide your MTCN to verify payment.


Login to My COD Account online ( and go to “Pay Now.” Have the following information ready:

    Your COD account number
    Billing number on your COD notice
    Bank account holder last name
    Checking or savings account number and routing number


This service charges a fee. Have the following information ready:

    Jurisdiction Code: 1584
    Payment type: Court-Ordered Debt Payment
    Your COD account number
    Billing number on your COD notice
    Pay online: Go to Official Payments—Make a Payment and select State Payments.
    Pay by phone: Call 800.272.9829 and select option 2 State Payments.


    Pay to Court-Ordered Debt Collections.
    Write your full name, account number, and billing number on your payment.
    Mail your payment and the top portion of your notice to: Court-Ordered Debt Collections, Franchise Tax Board, PO Box 1328, Rancho Cordova, CA 95741-1328