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The information on this page and the FAQ pages is updated regularly, so check back the next time you have a question. For forms, visit our forms page.


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Registration and Updating Your Account


NOTE: As of October 27, 2014, you will not be able to use your Appellate ECF credentials without a linked PACER account.
For training to walk you through the linking process and help you understand some of the changes in NextGen CM/ECF, go here.

Use of the CM/ECF system is now mandatory for all attorneys and all court reporters filing in this Court, unless they are granted an exemption from using the CM/ECF system. Use of the CM/ECF system is voluntary for all pro se parties proceeding without counsel.
To register for the 9th Circuit CM/ECF system, start here.
To request an exemption, send a completed Form 30. Appellate Electronic Filing Exemption (PDF) to the Court.


Registering prior to the time that you want to enter your first filing electronically will assist you with filing delays. We strongly encourage you to register as soon as possible.

Sharing your PACER and/or CM/ECF account credentials with a third-party service provider will provide access to sealed case information and documents in violation of applicable rules, statutes and/or orders of this court. It is your responsibility to ensure that sealed documents to which you have access are not improperly disclosed. Fee exempt users may not share the documents they obtain from PACER and/or CM/ECF under the exemption, unless expressly authorized by the court.

Admission: If you are an attorney, you do not need to be admitted to the bar of this Court before you register for electronic filing, but you should concurrently apply for admission. Information on attorney admission is available at Attorney Admissions Instructions.

To update your CM/ECF account (for example, to change your address or add additional email addresses), navigate to Account Update, log in, and follow the instructions on the page.

General Information

Circuit Rule 25-5 provides details about which documents can and cannot be filed electronically. Effective December 1, 2009, the Administrative Order Regarding Electronic Filing in All Ninth Circuit Cases is no longer in effect and has been incorporated into the Ninth Circuit Rules.

Logging In to File a Document

Log in to Electronic Case Filing (

Logging In to View Documents

To view documents in a case, you can log in to PACER. Note that if you want to access documents in a Social Security or immigration case, you must access the the docket via CM/ECF. See I cannot access a document in a Social Security or immigration case. Is there a problem?

Documentation & Training

Note: For videos, set the viewing quality in YouTube to 720p HD for best viewing; see Adjusting Viewing Quality in YouTube for instructions.


If you have a question about CM/ECF and you cannot find the answer on the Court's or PACER's websites, submit your question using this form: You can expect a reply from the Court during the Court's business hours, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific Time.

Last Update: 5 November 2019

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