Acceptable documents for proof of Proof of Contribution

If the dependent resides with the sponsor, then you can skip this documentation.  If dependent does not reside with the sponsor, evidence of contribution is required. Any substantiating documentation submitted must be dated within the past 12 months of receipt of application.

Acceptable Documents to show contribution:
  • Canceled checks (front & back) made payable to the claimed dependent.
  • Money order receipts to the claimed dependent or claimed dependent’s court-appointed custodian.
  • Electronic transfers made out to claimed dependent or claimed dependent’s court-appointed custodian.
  • Receipts that show transfer from sponsor to claimed dependent from Zelle, Venmo, PayPal, or equivalent app.
  • Discretionary allotment - Military LES, Civilian Paystub, or Retiree Statement displaying allotments to claimed dependent.
  • County/State/Federally mandated child support payments/allotments.
DFAS cannot accept the following documents to show contribution:
  • Cash contributions
  • ATM withdrawal receipts
  • Bank statements showing withdrawals to unknown source(s)
  • Joint checking accounts
IMPORTANT: Foreign documentation. Additional requirements are applied toward the verification of foreign eligibility documentation submitted to support enrollment of a dependent, including: (A) A full English language translation, which the translator has certified as complete and accurate, and the translator's certification of competency to translate from the foreign language into English, in accordance with 8 CFR 103.2(b)(3). Translation must be provided by a translator other than the individual presenting the document. (B) A written Judge Advocate General or local SJA opinion confirming use of the eligibility documentation, if the uniformed service member is stationed overseas. (C) Documentation that attests to the genuineness of the signature and seal, or the position of the foreign official who executed, issued, or certified the foreign documentation being presented to substantiate the dependency relationship to the sponsor.
Page updated August 20, 2021