California Code of Civil Procedure > Code Civ. Proc. §116.860. Payment of Judgment into Court; Unclaimed Payments
(a) A judgment debtor who desires to make payment to the court in which the judgment was entered may file a request to make payment, which shall be made on a form approved or adopted by the Judicial Council.
(b) Upon the filing of the request to make payment and the payment to the clerk of the amount of the judgment and any accrued interest and costs after judgment, plus any required fee authorized by this section, the clerk shall enter satisfaction of the judgment and shall remit payment to the judgment creditor as provided in this section.
(c) If partial payment of the judgment has been made to the judgment creditor, and the judgment debtor files the declaration and evidence of partial payment described in subdivision (d) of Section 116.850, the clerk shall enter satisfaction of the judgment upon receipt by the clerk of the balance owing on the judgment, including any accrued interest and costs after judgment, and the fee required by this section.
(d) If payment is made by means other than money order, certified or cashier’s check, or cash, entry of satisfaction of the judgment shall be delayed for 30 days.
(e) The clerk shall notify the judgment creditor, at his or her last known address, that the judgment debtor has satisfied the judgment by making payment to the court. The notification shall explain the procedures which the judgment creditor has to follow to receive payment.
(f) For purposes of this section, “costs after judgment” consist of only those costs itemized in a memorandum of costs filed by the judgment creditor or otherwise authorized by the court.
(g) Payments that remain unclaimed for three years shall go to the superior court pursuant to Section 68084.1 of the Government Code.
(h) A fee of twenty dollars ($20) shall be paid by the judgment debtor for the costs of administering this section.