Applying to E-File in Your Case

The United States District Court for the District of Oregon uses CM/ECF and PACER to facilitate electronic filing, service, and access to court records. CM/ECF contains the official court records of proceedings. The Court no longer maintains paper files.

As a self-represented party, non-prisoner, you may apply for a user account, which will allow you to file documents electronically with the Court through CM/ECF and PACER and receive electronic service via e-mail from CM/ECF when documents are filed by another party in your case. You will also receive electronic service of orders, rulings, and other notices related to your case from the Court. 

Consent to Electronic Service

Applying to e-file constitutes consent to receive electronic service. Even if your application to e-file is denied, you will not receive paper copies of any documents filed by other parties or by the Court in your case. All documents will be in electronic format only. You will receive an e-mail Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) containing a link to the document. 

On the application form, you may request to opt out of receiving electronic service of documents if your application is denied. If your application is granted, you may not opt out of electronic service. You will be notified by an order whether your application is approved.

Requirements

You must review the CM/ECF User Manual and complete the Pro Se Party Application for CM/ECF Registration. CM/ECF must be used in conjunction with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Local Rules of Civil Procedure, and the administrative orders and policies of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon.

Process

Step

Action

1

Complete the Pro Se Party Application for CM/ECF Registration ( Pro Se Party Application for CM/ECF Registration ).

2

Submit the application by clicking the "Submit by E-mail" button, or attach the application to an e-mail message addressed to with the subject line "Pro Se Party Application for CM/ECF Registration."  

3

Court staff will docket the application in your case, and you will receive a Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) via e-mail.

4

The judge assigned to your case will enter an order granting or denying the application. If the application is denied, no further action is necessary. You will receive notice of the judge's decision via e-mail. 

5

If the application is granted, go to pacer.gov and either create a new PACER account or confirm that your existing PACER account is upgraded. You may then submit your e-filing registration request with PACER.

6

Upon receipt of your registration request, the Clerk's Office will activate your account within one business day, and you will be able to e-file in your case.

NOTE: If you have previously been approved to file electronically in the District of Oregon, it is not necessary to submit an e-filing registration request via PACER. Make sure your PACER account has been upgraded. If your application is granted, your case will be updated to allow you to e-file within one business day.