Methods of Payment

Colorado employers may pay their employees with checks (or other instruments payable upon demand), cash, paycards, or by direct deposit into the employee's account at a financial institution.

Direct Deposit

Direct deposits can only be made if the employee has voluntarily authorized the deposit and has chosen the financial institution into which the deposit is made.


A paycard is defined as an access device that an employee uses to receive his or her payroll funds from his or her employer.

Effective August 5, 2008, an employer may deposit an employee's wages on a paycard, so long as the employee:

  • Is provided free means of access to the entire amount of net pay at least once per pay period, or
  • May choose to use other means for payment of wages as authorized in subsections 1 and 2 of 8-4-102, C.R.S., such as checks, cash, other instruments payable upon demand, or direct deposit.



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