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Frequently Asked Questions: Fees

  • What documents require a filing fee?

    If you are filing an initial civil case, you must pay a $400 fee. This fee also applies to a notice of removal. If you cannot afford the fee, you must file an affidavit of indigency or motion to proceed in forma pauperis asking to be permitted to proceed without prepaying the fee. Forms are available here.

    If you are filing an initial habeas corpus petition, you must pay a $5 fee.

    If you are filing a notice of appeal or cross-appeal, you must pay a $505 filing fee.

    If you are filing a motion for which a local case does not exist (for example, a motion to quash a subpoena from another district), you must pay a $47 miscellaneous filing fee. That fee also applies if you are registering a foreign or state-court judgment.

    There might be fees for services provided by the clerk’s office, such as copy fees, document certification, and attorney admission. For more information, view our fee schedule.

  • Is there a fee for filing a motion or obtaining a summons?

    Typically, no. But if you file a motion that is not associated with a local case, you must pay a $46 miscellaneous filing fee.

  • How much is a witness fee?

    The fee for a witness to attend a federal court proceeding is $40 a day and $0.575 a mile.

  • What forms of payment does the clerk's office accept?

    The clerk's office accepts cash, cashier's checks, certified bank checks, and money orders. Except for payment on a criminal debt or registry, the clerk's office also accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. The clerk's office does not accept personal checks. A law firm may pay by check payable to "Clerk, United.States District Court." The clerk's office does not accept credit card payments by telephone. The name on a credit card presented at the clerk's office must match the name of the person presenting it.