The Common Payment Service (CPS) is the statewide electronic payment gateway solution operated in partnership with the Office of the State Controller. The service allows a state agency, university, community college or municipality to accept credit card payments through the entity's website by using the secure CPS Application Programming Interface (API). Additionally, CPS can process Automated Clearing House (ACH) debit and credit transactions using the same API. CPS also accepts National ACH Association (NACHA) formatted files for state agencies, universities, community colleges, and municipalities that do not need to use the API.
General areas of support including roles and responsibilities, requirements, and customized costs are included in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for this service.
CPS eliminates the time and expense for the state agency, university, community college or municipality to create its own payment engine and gateway relationship with the banking world. CPS processes millions of transactions per year representing billions of dollars on behalf of state agencies, universities, community colleges, and municipalities.
Note: Users of the Common Payment Service must be PCI compliant.