PACER and CM/ECF IMPROVEMENTS
On August 11, 2014, changes were implemented on the PACER website, including the ability to upgrade your PACER account.
NOTE: This upgrade is not mandatory, but it is necessary in order to perform maintenance (update address, email, etc.).
Upgraded accounts are a feature of the Federal Judiciary’s next generation (NextGen) Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system, which allows you to use the same account for PACER and e-filing access. While not all courts have implemented NextGen, you will need to upgrade your PACER account when your court converts. Check your court’s website for more information on when it will implement NextGen.
Here are additional improvements you may notice as a result of these changes:
- You can select your own username.
- You can use the same username for both e-filing and viewing cases in courts that have converted to NextGen.
- There is enhanced security, including a password strength meter that helps you create stronger, more secure passwords.
- The Manage My Account screen has a new look.
- You can store your credit card information for e-filing payments.
- There is only one account per user.
- You use one account with your own username and password.
- Your account remains with you even if you move to another firm, or if you work individually.
PACER Administrative Accounts (PAA)
The PACER and CM/ECF improvements affected PAAs differently than other account types. In August 2014, users became owners of their PACER accounts, and administrator rights were modified. See below for more details.
- If you have a PAA, you need to upgrade your account in order to perform any functions outside of making a payment.
- PAA owners no longer:
- Own the individual user’s account linked to the PAA.
- Have access to the user’s account other than usage details. Account updates must be made by the individual account owner.
- Create new accounts.
- Activate or deactivate accounts.
- Each user takes their account to a new firm where it is linked to that organization’s PAA.
- Both the PAA owner and individual account owner can unlink the account from the PAA.
If you are an automated user (i.e., if you have written a program that automatically logs you in to PACER), please note that the login process located at https://pacer.login.uscourts.gov changed during the 2014 conversion. Users should now be directing all authentication requests to https://pacer.login.uscourts.gov/csologin/login.jsf.