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Pricing: How PACER fees work

Electronic public access to federal court records is available via the PACER service to anyone registered with an account. Based on the amount and type of information users access in a given quarter, they may be charged a fee. However, if usage in a quarter is $30 or less, their PACER fees are waived. 

Cost for Accessing PACER

When you search for or look at an online court record you will be charged the following fees:

$0.10 per page in a:

  • Document (but no more than $3 per document)
  • Transcript of federal court proceedings
  • Non case-specific report (such as cases reports)

$0.10 per PACER search results page (including no matches)

$2.40 per audio file

There is no maximum fee for name searches, reports that are not case-specific, and transcripts of federal court proceedings. Transcripts of federal court proceedings are added to PACER after 90 days. Contact the federal court where the case was heard to find out about accessing transcripts newer than 90 days.

Usage is billed on a quarterly basis. If you access more than $30 worth of court records within a quarter, you will be charged for all usage within that quarter.

Fee Exemptions

Courts may exempt individuals or groups, such as indigents, pro bono attorneys, academic researchers, and non-profit organizations from paying the fee. Learn more about fee exemptions for researchers. Other parties should contact the court.

When is PACER Free?

  1. You access $30 or less worth of court records within a quarter.
  2. You are a party in a case and receive a Notice of Electronic or Notice of Docket Activity (one free copy) from a court.
  3. You view case information at any federal courthouse. 
  4. You are an exempted individual or group
  5. Court opinions are always free.

Tips for limiting fees

The PACER Service Center can find your court records

Delivered Electronically

$30.00 per name or item searched plus $0.10 per page per document delivered electronically, up to five documents. The $3 maximum for any document applies.

Delivered by U.S. Mail

$30.00 per name or item searched plus $0.50 per page for paper copies of documents.

Get started with a request. (pdf)

Need Help

The PACER Service Center can answer your questions about the best ways to search for a case for free.  

Phone: 1-800-676-6856