Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) is an electronic public access service that offers an inexpensive, easy-to-use alternative for obtaining case information from the Judiciary’s Case Management and Electronic Case Files system (CM/ECF), without having to visit the courthouse. PACER allows an Internet user to request information about a particular case or party. The data is immediately available for printing or downloading.

Registration - There is no cost for registration.

  • Visit the PACER Service Center website at
  • Click on the Registration tab and select the account type. Then fill out an online form and provide a valid email address.
  • Provide credit card information to establish an account and receive same-day access.
  • Choose to register without credit card information, and you will receive account login information by U.S. mail, usually within one week.

Fees - Congress has authorized the Judiciary to charge fees to fund the costs of PACER and CM/ECF.

The Judicial Conference of the United States has set fees and conditions for services as follows:

  • Ten cents per page for access via the Internet, with a total charge of any document, docket sheet, or case-specific report not to exceed $3.00, the fee for 30 pages.
  • Fees are waived for users who incur less than $30 of use in a quarterly billing cycle.
  • Fees are billed quarterly.

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PACER Account Registration

PACER Case Locator (login required)

PACER Frequently Asked Questions

PACER User’s Manual