Attorney E-File Registration

The Federal Judiciary is implementing a nationwide centralized attorney admissions and e-filing registration process in all appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts over the next several years. The following information outlines the registration process.

Determine whether court uses legacy or upgraded CM/ECF system
If the court in which you want to practice uses the next generation Case Management/Electronic Case Files (NextGen CM/ECF) system, you may register to e-file through this site. If the court uses a legacy system, you will need to contact each district/bankruptcy court individually to register. For details, visit the district/bankruptcy (legacy) page, or visit the appellate court (legacy) page. Click here to determine if your court is on an upgraded or legacy system.

Submit admissions/e-file registration on pacer.gov
If you have an upgraded PACER account, log in to Manage My Account and select the Attorney Admissions/E-File Registration option. Attorney admissions/e-file registration requirements vary from court to court, but the information you update through Manage My Account is sent electronically to each court in which you are admitted or registered.

Apply for admissions/e-file registration in each court individually
In order to e-file, you may need to be admitted to practice in the court. Once you complete a registration in one court, you may apply for admissions and/or register to e-file in another court. The same username and password will allow nationwide search access and e-file access in the NextGen CM/ECF courts in which you are admitted and/or registered as an e-filer.

PSC forwards registration to court
When your request is complete, the PACER Service Center will send it to the court for verification and processing. Document filing and access to restricted cases/documents in a court is not permitted until that court processes the admission and/or registration request.

Wait for reply from court on whether the registration has been accepted
Processing time for attorney admissions and/or e-file registration can vary from court to court. Once your request is processed, you will receive an email notification of the court’s determination. For additional information regarding attorney admissions and e-file procedures, use our links map to locate your court. Contact the Clerk's Office if immediate access to file documents is needed.

Determine whether court uses legacy or upgraded CM/ECF system

Submit admissions/e-file registration on pacer.gov

Apply for admissions/e-file registration in each court individually

PSC forwards registration to court

Wait for reply from court on whether the registration has been accepted

Apply for Attorney Admissions and/or Register to E-File Now