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Begin searching for or filing federal court records electronically online by first registering for a PACER account. Learn more about the types of accounts.

Register for a case search only account if you want to search for federal court case records.

If you are an attorney who wants to file case documents electronically, register for an attorney filer account.

Register for a non-attorney account if you are not an attorney who wants to file case documents electronically.

Register for a PACER Administrative Account if you represent a group of people and want to manage the billing and payment for multiple PACER accounts.

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If you’re unsure which type of account to register for, use the registration wizard!

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 Frequently Asked Questions

The federal Judiciary does not recommend sharing PACER accounts. Anyone sharing a username and/or password can potentially update information, like the password, and inadvertently lock out other users who also share the account. To reset your password, you will need to know associated email address and username, or account number, or date of birth, and security questions.   

NextGen CM/ECF also allows you to use the same username and password for both PACER and electronic filing. As a filer, you will be required to link your CM/ECF filing account to your individual PACER account.

Using a PACER Administrative Account (PAA), your firm can manage the billing for all individual accounts. Learn more about about a PAA.

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. 

Yes. The PACER Service Center offers the PACER Administrative Account (PAA), a consolidated billing and online account management process that allows groups to manage and pay for all charges associated with multiple PACER accounts.

Register for group billing with a PACER Administrative Account. A PACER Administrative Account will only allow you to manage group billing. It will not allow you to log in to access case information.

Read the PACER Administrative Account User Manual for more information.

No. We do not accept registrations by spreadsheet. Users should set up their own accounts. This is recommended (as opposed to someone setting them up for everyone) because the security information and date of birth they enter will be required to reset their password if they forget or misplace it. The PACER Service Center no longer verifies or mails passwords.