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This Page Last Updated November 15, 2013

Court Fees

At its September 2012 session, the Judicial Conference initiated a new general administrative fee for civil cases filed in the district courts. The new $50 general administrative fee is in addition to the current $350 filing fee for civil cases and becomes effective May 1, 2013. The fee does not apply to persons granted in forma pauperis status under 28 U.S.C. § 1915.

Acceptable Forms of Payment

U.S. Postal Money Order, Bank Cashier's Check, and Cash. Credit Cards (MasterCard, VISA, American Express, Diner's Club and Discover) are accepted in person only. Personal checks are not accepted.

Fees for Pro Hac Vice applications are payable by credit card concurrent with the electronic filing of the application in CM/ECF, through the pay.gov system. The cost is $150 per application. Appeal fees may also be paid through pay.gov in CM/ECF.

Filing Fees
$400.00 Civil Filing fee (Effective 05/01/2013)
$400.00 Writ of Mandamus (Effective 05/01/2013)
$505.00 Appeal Fee (Effective 12/1/2013)
$37.00 Appeal to a district judge from a judgment or conviction by a magistrate in a misdemeanor case
$5.00 Writ of Habeas Corpus
Miscellaneous Filing Fees
$46.00 Registering a judgment from another district (28 U.S.C. § 1963)
$46.00 Miscellaneous Cases
  • For filing or indexing any paper not in a case or proceeding for which a filing fee has been paid
  • Petition to perpetuate testimony (Rule 27(a), FRcvP)
  • Filing of papers by trustees under 28 U.S.C. § 754
  • Filing of letters rogatory
  • Letters of Request
  • Notice to Take Deposition (case pending in another District Court/ request for this District to issue subpoena)
  • Motion to quash IRS summons
Miscellaneous Fees
$64.00 Retrieval of a record from Federal Records Center (for the first box)
$39.00 Retrieval of a record from Federal Records Center (for each additional box shipped per case)
$53.00 Check returned for insufficient funds
$46.00 Power of Attorney - per person - per division
$30.00 Clearance Letter - per name -$.50 for additional non-certified copy
$30.00 Record Search (per name or item searched)
$30.00 Reproduction of Magnetic tape recordings, either cassette or reel to reel (including cost of materials)
$21.00 Exemplification certificate - (in addition $.50 for copy, $11.00 for certifying)
$18.00 Certificate of Good Standing
$18.00 Certificate of Admission (duplicate)
$11.00 Apostille Certificate
$11.00 Certifying any document or paper
$0.50 Per page for reproducing any record or paper (from original document or microfiche reproductions of the original record)
$0.10 Per page download using CM/ECF (PACER) (Maximum charge per document $3.00, with the exception of transcripts which do not incur a maximum charge)