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Third batch of California stimulus checks: how to check if I received it?

The third batch of Golden State stimulus checks was sent on 6 October. This send included the first batch of physical checks as well as more direct deposit.

The third batch of Golden State stimulus checks was sent on 6 October. This send included the first batch of physical checks as well as more direct deposit.

In light of a historic government surplus, the state legislature in California approved a bill that included the sending of stimulus checks to two-thirds of residents in the state. The checks are worth between $600 and $1,100; those with children or from a mixed-status household are able to receive $1,100 checks.

The checks are being sent to residents in the state with a gross annual income of $75,000. Unlike federal stimulus checks, the income limit is not higher for married couples who file their taxes jointly.

About 2.6 million checks have been distributed after the state sent two large batches on 27 August and 17 September. SFGATE reported that this third round of checks would be sent to around 2 million Golden State residents.

Beginning on 6 October, the California Franchise Tax Board will send the first round of stimulus checks through the mail. Many of those who had provided direct deposit information to the agency has already received their payment.

Those with a zip code ending in 000-044 will be the first to receive a physical check.

Tracking your check

The CFTB provides some guidance on when those eligible can expect their check.

Direct Deposit

The state has said that checks sent through direct deposit will be distributed between 1 September and 31 October. For those that filed their taxes after 1 September, a forty-five-day waiting period is to be expected.

Physical Check

As for the mailing of physical checks, the distribution is based on zip codes.

Physical Check Schedule

Last 3 digits of ZIP code

Mailing timeframes


10/04/2021 through 10/22/2021


10/18/2021 through 11/05/2021


11/1/2021 through 11/19/2021


11/15/2021 through 12/03/2021


11/29/2021 through 12/17/2021


12/13/2021 through 12/31/2021

Source: California Tax Franchise Board, 2021

A sixty-day waiting period should be anticipated if one notices that their distribution period occurred before they filed their taxes.

Contacting the California Franchise Tax Board

If the standard time identified by the CFTB has passed and you still haven’t received your check, there are a few ways to get in touch with the organization.


Those in the United States and abroad can call the CFTB Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM PT.

  • United States: 800-852-5711

  • Abroad:916-845-6500 


By signing into your MyFTB account, the CFTB allows you to chat directly with a representative on weekdays between 8 AM to 5 PM.


Requests can also be handled through the mail. Those wishing to send questions, documents, or any other communications to the CFTB can address their correspondence to:

Franchise Tax Board

PO Box 942840

Sacramento CA 94240-0040