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Find instructions on filing federal case records electronically and other information about CM/ECF, the application courts use to maintain electronic case files.

Need to file a case in federal court using CM/ECF? Get started. 

Want more specific court information about CM/ECF including help desk numbers and maximum pdf file size? Look up the court you wish to file in.

Review CM/ECF release notes, access to automated scripts, and other information needed to extend the functionality of CM/ECF

Is your court migrating to NextGen CM/ECF? Follow these steps to prepare in advance.

 Frequently Asked Questions

To convert to PDF:

  1. Open the document in your word processing application.
  2. Click File and select Save As.
  3. Click the Save type as dropdown.
  4. Select PDF and click Save.
     

To create a PDF:

  1. Open the document in your word processing application.
  2. Click File and select Save As.
  3. Click the Save type as dropdown.
  4. Select PDF and click Save.
     

Your document may change depending on the font type, font size, printer, and other layout parameters in your original file.

You can go to adobe.com for some troubleshooting tips. If the issue is with your printer, try setting your PDF printer as the default printer before opening the document. Then open the document and edit it to correct any formatting issues. Save the document and convert it to a PDF again.
 

If you are currently registered to file electronically in a federal court that has announced it will convert to NextGen CM/ECF, you will first need an upgraded PACER account. 

Follow the steps on the "Get Ready for NextGen CM/ECF" page to upgrade your account. 

Register for a new PACER account if you do not have an account. 

Once a court has migrated to NextGen CM/ECF you will need to link your accounts together. First log in to manage your account. You will need to use the "Link my filer account to my PACER account" link (appellate court) or the "Link a CM/ECF account to my PACER account" link (bankruptcy or district courts). This process varies depending on court type.

For detailed instructions, review the:

Once you linked your filing credentials, you will only need to use your upgraded PACER account credentials to file and/or view case information in any NextGen CM/ECF court.

If the linking process failed, please try again. If you do not remember your CM/ECF username or password, contact the court.

If the linking process still does not work, you must log in with your upgraded PACER account and submit a new electronic filing request for the court:

  1. Log in to Manage My Account.
  2. Click the Maintenance tab.
  3. Click either Attorney Admissions/E-File Registration or Non-Attorney Admissions E-File Registration.

Once request is submitted, you will need to wait for the court to process the request and grant you electronic filing privileges.

To learn more about submitting a new electronic filing request, review the electronic learning module for the Manage My Account Maintenance tab.