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How To File Requests in CM/ECF And Pay The Associated Fees Through

An attorney may file electronically various document and other requests in CM/ECF and pay electronically the associated fees through PACER.


The requests and fees filed and paid using CM/ECF's Pay Other Fees option are as follows:


  • Request for a Certificate of Good Standing
  • Certification of documents
  • Request for record retrieval
  • Request for record search
  • Reproduction of record under FRAP 30(f) or LR 30.1 (when no appendix required)
  • Request for reproductions of argument tapes, CDs, etc.
  • Request for document reproduction
  • Request for slip opinion


1.     Log in to CM/ECF.


2.     Click on the Utilities tab on the CM/ECF home page. Select Pay Other Fees from the pull-down menu, then select from the sub-menu the type of request filed. The example below is a request for a reproduction of an argument CD.


Startup page



The Reproductions (argument tapes, CDs) screen opens. The fee amount appears on the screen.


Fee amount highlighted



The user can change the quantity (number) of documents requested by deleting or typing over the number 1 in the Quantity box. After changing the quantity, hit the Tab key on the keyboard to change the fee amount.


Browse highlighted



3.     Type a brief description of the uploaded document in the Description box. To upload the reproduction request PDF, click Browse... below the Description box.



Browse highlighted



The File Upload box opens for selecting the document to upload.


Navigate to the document for upload. Click on the file name of the document so that the file name appears in the File name box at the bottom of the File Upload box. Click Open near the bottom right of the File Upload box.


Select PDF document



The file name appears in the Document box near the bottom of the screen; the description appears next to the file name.


Document highlighted



Note: The document description typed in earlier may not appear in the Description box next to the file name. This is a known bug in NextGen CM/ECF that will be fixed in the next release of the software. The absence of the document description will not affect the payment process.



5.     Click Pay Fee and Submit.


6.     The PACER Manage My Account screen opens. Log in to make the payment.


Pay now and submit



The payment screen opens for selecting a payment method. An attorney may pay directly from a business or personal bank account (ACH) or by credit or debit card. If the filer added payment information when creating an upgraded PACER account, those options will appear on the payment screen.

Pay now and submit



For instructions for paying with a credit card, click here


For instructions for paying by direct electronic withdrawal from a bank account, click here



Last modified at 10/20/2014