Fees, What Is The Payment Method For Bankruptcy Court Fees?

Fees are required to file many documents with the court, including a bankruptcy petition package, a lawsuit (Complaint), certain motions, and other documents. Photocopies or certified copies of documents are available for a fee. Acceptable payment method of filing fees depends upon whether documents are filed electronically via CM/ECF or at the intake window of the clerk’s office.

A) Petition Package or Document Filed Electronically via CM/ECF -- If an electronically filed document requires a fee, the fee must be paid by credit card (AMEX, VISA, MC or Discover).

B) Petition Package or Document Filed at the Intake Window of the Clerk’s Office

Fees Paid by an Individual Person - If an individual debtor files a bankruptcy petition package or other document at the courthouse, the bankruptcy court does not accept credit cards, but the fee may be paid with:
(1) CASH (United States currency only);
(2) U.S. POSTAL SERVICE MONEY ORDER; or
(3) CASHIER’S CHECK issued by an acceptable financial institution.

Fees Paid by an Attorney - If an attorney files a bankruptcy petition package or other document, in most situations the attorney must file the documents electronically via CM/ECF. However, if a document is not required or allowed to be filed using CM/ECF, and is filed at the intake window of the clerk’s office, the fee may be paid by:
(1) CREDIT CARD (AMEX, VISA, MC or Discover);
(2) BUSINESS CHECK made payable to the “U.S. Bankruptcy Court” that includes a current pre-printed name, street address, telephone number, and California attorney bar number;
(3) CASH (only coins and currency issued by the United States);
(4) U.S. POSTAL SERVICE MONEY ORDER; or
(5) CASHIER’S CHECK issued by an acceptable financial institution.

C) Requesting Photocopies or Certified Copies of Documents – The payment policy for obtaining copies is the same as the payment policy for filing documents. See above.

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