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How to Create and Use a PACER Account

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How to Create and Use a PACER Account



What is PACER?


  • PACER is an acronym for Public Access to Court Electronic Records

  • A service provided by the United States Judiciary and operated by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts

  • Provides public access to case and docket information from Federal Appellate, District and Bankruptcy courts

  • Offers case locator


Who can use PACER?


  • Must be a registered user

  • Anyone can register


How do I register for a PACER account?


  • Step 1: Go to www.pacer.gov

  • Step 2: Click the REGISTER tab

  • Step 3: Click the link “To learn more about registering,” under PACER-Case Search Only Registration

  • Step 4: Click Register for a PACER Account Now Online

  • Step 5: Fill out Form and Submit


Are there fees associated with PACER?


  • There is no registration fee

  • User fees include $.10 per page retrieved.

  • Retrieved pages include search results and pages of documents retrieved.

  • There is a cap of $3.00 or 30 pages.

  • If the total fees are less than $15.00 in a quarter, then the fees are waived for that quarter.


Do you need to provide a credit card when registering?


  • Providing a credit card is completely optional

  • If you do provide a credit card, you will receive an email on how to obtain your login and password

  • If you register without providing a credit card, the login and password will be mailed through United States Postal Service

  • Logins and passwords cannot be emailed, faxed or given over the phone










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