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Court Fees

Effective 12-1-2016

Filing a civil action (includes a $50.00 administrative fee)

The administrative fee does not apply to applications for a writ of habeas corpus or to persons granted in forma pauperis status under 28 U.S.C § 1915.

Filing a writ of habeas corpus $5.00
Filing a notice of appeal $505.00
Filing an appeal to a district judge from a judgment of conviction by a magistrate judge in a misdemeanor case $38.00
Filing any document that is not related to a pending case or proceeding $47.00
Conducting a search of the district court records $31.00
Central Violations Bureau Processing Fee $30.00
Registration of judgment from another district $46.00
Certification of any document or page $11.00
Exemplification of any document or page $22.00
Taxable Witness Fee $40.00
Certification of the results of a search of the records (clearance letter), per name $30.00
Photocopying, per page $0.50
Printing from public access terminals, per page $.10
Reproduction of recorded proceedings $31.00
Retrieval of record from the Federal Records Center1 $64.00
Electronic Record Retrieval from the Federal Records Center2 $19.90
PLUS - FRC Per Page Fee $0.65
Check paid into the court which is returned for lack of funds $53.00
Admission of attorney to practice $181.00
Duplicate certificate of admission $19.00
Certificate of Good Standing $19.00
Filing an action brought under Title III of the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996 $6,548

1$64 for first box, $39 for any additional boxes.

2For electronic retrievals, $19.90 (plus an additional $.65 per page).


Notice to Customers Making Payment by Check

When you provide a check as payment, you authorize us either to use information from your check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction.

When we use information from your check to make an electronic fund transfer, funds may be withdrawn from your account as soon as the same day we recieve your payment, and you will not receive your check back from your financial institution.  We will keep your check for three to 14 business days, after which time your check will be shredded.

Privacy Act

A Privacy Act Statement required by 5 U.S.C. § 552a(e)(3) stating our authority to for soliciting and collecting the information from your check, and explaining the purposes and routine uses that will be made of your check information, is available from the U.S. Department of the Treasury's website at:

Or, to obtain a copy by mail you can call:

1-866-945-7920  Local Number (Toll Free)

1-302-324-6442   Delaware

1-510-428-6824  Military DSN (Option 4, Option 5, Option 4)

Furnishing check information is voluntary, but a decision not to do so may require that you to make payment by some other method.