Non-Attorney E-File Registration

This path is specifically for non-attorneys, i.e., pro se filers, court reporters, interested parties, filing agents, creditors, trustees, U.S. Trustees, and other parties who are not attorneys. NOTE: Not all courts accept non-attorney filers and some accept only specific types of non-attorney filers. If the selected court does not allow a specific type of non-attorney filer, you will not be able to register for filing privileges at that court. The following information outlines the registration process.

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

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. Click here to determine if your court is on an upgraded or legacy system.

Submit e-file registration on pacer.gov
If you have an upgraded PACER account, log in to Manage My Account and select the Non-Attorney E-File Registration option. 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 registered.

Apply for e-file registration in each court individually
Once you complete a registration in one court, you may 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 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 registration request.

Wait for reply from court on whether the registration has been accepted
Processing time for 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 non-attorney 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 e-file registration on pacer.gov

Apply for e-file registration in each court individually

PSC forwards registration to court

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

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