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Texas Payroll/Personnel Resource

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General Provisions
Warrant Hold


The Comptroller’s office is prohibited from issuing a payment to a person reported as having a state debt. Because of this requirement, state agencies must use the warrant hold procedures of the Comptroller’s office to ensure compliance. A state agency is defined as a board, commission, council, committee, department, office, agency or other governmental entity in the executive, legislative or judicial branch of state government. The term includes an institution of higher education, but not a public junior college or community college.

Note: Payroll payments are only held for child support delinquencies reported by the office of the Attorney General (OAG).

Agency Responsibilities

State agencies and institutions of higher education must report to the Comptroller’s office the names of persons with a debt to the state. This includes:

  • An indebtedness to the state
  • A tax delinquency
  • A child support delinquency
  • A student loan default

Agencies must use the warrant hold procedures of the Comptroller’s office to ensure payments are not issued to a person with a debt to the state.


For detailed instructions on the warrant hold process and reporting a state debt, see Reporting of State Debts and Hold Offset Procedures (APS 028) (FPP E.037) and TexPayment Resource.

To check if a payee is on warrant hold, use the Vendor Hold Search tool.