Community Aids Reporting System (CARS)

What is CARS?

CARS is the system for processing contracts and reimbursing expenses for local agencies. The system calculates about 600 non-county aid checks and grant-in-aid payments for over 280 state/county, state/tribe contracts each month. The system includes human services (HS), county departments of social services (DSS) and 51 Board contracts, state agencies, municipalities, non-municipalities and Income Maintenance (IM), and tribal contracts. The system records all expenditures from the county and non-county providers. It calculates amounts due and adjustments back to the State. It also generates reports for providers, counties, and tribes under contract with the State.

CARS Payment Processing Memo (PDF)

CARS Payment Processing Schedule (PDF)

Federal Reporting Requirements Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (PDF)

Electronic Funds Transfer Enrollment or Changes

CARS Reports / CARS System Messages

CARS Expense Report (Excel) 

How CARS Payments Work

Time Lines for Processing CARS Contracts

How to Read the DES-CARS 603 Report (PDF)

How to Read the DES-CARS 620 Contract Summary Report (PDF)

Human Services/Income Maintenance CARS Manual

Related Resources

Funding Information for DHS Programs/Alternate Listing Number (ALN) Report

If you have any questions or need additional funding information, please contact the Bureau of Fiscal Services, CARS Unit.

Last Revised: April 11, 2022