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Office of the New York State Comptroller

Electronic Payments

Guidelines for Participants

These guidelines apply to payees who elect to participate in the Electronic Payments program offered by the NYS Office of the State Comptroller (OSC).

Electronic Payments Instead of Checks

  • If you elect to participate in OSC's Electronic Payments program, payments formerly made by check will be made by electronic funds transfer through the Automated Clearing House (ACH) network.
  • Once you enroll in Electronic Payments, all payments made from the State's general checking account will be made electronically.
  • Enrollment in Electronic Payments is voluntary.

Identifying Your Bank Account

Verifying Your Bank Account Without Use of a Voided Check

  • The financial institution must enter its ACH routing number and your bank account number on the Electronic Payment (ePayment) Request Form.
  • An authorized officer of the financial institution must certify that the bank account information is correct.
  • The financial institution must submit the completed original Electronic Payment (ePayment) Request Form directly to the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC), at the address shown at the end of these guidelines.

Setting Up Electronic Payments

  • After OSC receives your Electronic Payment (ePayment) Request Form, it may take up to two weeks to complete the enrollment process.
  • OSC will run a test (called a pre-note) against your account with a zero-dollar transaction. A pre-note confirms that OSC has entered your account information correctly.

Changing Electronic Payments

  • If you change the account designated for electronic payments, you must submit a new Electronic Payment (ePayment) Request Form, as soon as possible, using the same procedures as the original document. Check 'Change ePayment Bank Information' in Part II of the form.
    • If an electronic payment is returned to OSC due to unreported changes in a bank or bank account, a check will be issued and mailed promptly.
  • To change your remit to mailing address, refer to the Vendor Guide to the New York State's Centralized Vendor Management Process for instructions on how to update your remit to address.

Withdrawing from the Program

  • If you choose to cancel Electronic Payments (ePayments), you must notify OSC using the Electronic Payment (ePayment) Request Form or in writing, on letterhead, at the address shown below, or by fax to: Attn: VMU, (518) 402-4212. You must sign your withdrawal notification.
    • After receipt of your withdrawal notification, it may take up to one week to process the request.

All correspondence relating to OSC's Electronic Payments program should be directed to:

NYS Office of the State Comptroller
Vendor Management Unit
110 State Street Mail Drop 10-4
Albany, NY 12236

Telephone: (855) 233-8363

E-Mail: helpdesk@sfs.ny.gov

 

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Municipal Payee Organizations

Enrollment in OSC's Electronic Payments program is separate from enrollment in the DOT/NYS Thruway Authority Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) process. In order to receive electronic payments from both OSC and DOT/NYS Thruway Authority, Municipal Payee Organizations MUST register for both programs.

Please visit the DOT/NYS Thruway Authority Electronic Payment Guidelines page for more information.