Background Check Payment Information

When submitting a portable background check application through MERIT, you will be directed to submit $12 payment.  

Acceptable forms of payment include:

  • Automated Clearing House (ACH) is an electronic withdrawal directly from your checking or savings account.
  • Check, Money Order or Cashier's Check
  • Debit/Credit Card

Do not send:

  • Cash
  • Purchase Order

Please note:

  • All electronic payments can take 3-5 business days to post to an application.
  • There is a fee for all Non Sufficient Funds (NSF) checks.
  • If paying by check, please write the applicant’s name and STARS ID number on your check.
  • If you are paying for more than one person's application with the same check, you must include all PBC applications with the single payment in one envelope.

Make your payment payable to:

Department of Children, Youth, and Families

Mail Payment and your PBC Application to: 

Department of Children, Youth, and Families
PO BOX 40971
Olympia, WA 98504-0971

Background Check Fingerprints  

If fingerprints are required, follow the Background Check Fingerprint Process.