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PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) is the portal for the public to access each court’s CM/ECF database.  There is no charge to obtain a PACER account.  However, fees will be charged to the PACER user’s account when viewing reports, case docket sheets, and documents that are filed in a court’s database.  For more information on how to obtain a PACER account and how fees are collected, please visit the PACER website at or contact the PACER Service Center at (800) 676-6856.

What An Attorney Must Do In Order To E-file:

  1. Each attorney MUST have an individual PACER account. To register for an individual PACER account, go to and select “Register for an Account” from the main menu and then “Attorney Filers for CM/ECF”. 
  2. Using your PACER account, submit an attorney admission request for the type of admission that applies to you.  For a description of the types of admission and how to apply for them, please visit our Application for Admission page:  When submitting your request, please remember to enter your bar information for your primary state of practice.  You will not be able to e-file in CMECF until the clerk’s office processes your request.  Self-Represented Litigants (SRL) are not allowed to e-file in this district.
  3. CJA Attorney PACER accounts.  Please note that you will only need one PACER account for filing and viewing in NextGen.  You can use the Change PACER Exemption Status instructions to toggle in between exempt and not exempt status.

    CJA Attorney PACER Accounts

  4. Pacer Administrative Accounts ("PAA") - Firms may centralize Pacer billing through a PACER Administrative Account to help manage attorney accounts and have individual accounts centrally billed for PACER access fees. To register for a PACER Administrative Account, please visit