New York State Unified Court System
NYSCEF: Unrepresented Litigants

Log-in Basics

Before you submit your documents to the NYSCEF system, make sure you have read the information in this section. It tells you what you need to e-file and answers questions you may have during the e-filing process. Once you log-in and you have questions, you can click on links to Help pages for more information. Look for this symbol:

Help

Make sure your pop-up blockers are turned off. If the Help links don't answer your questions, you can call the e-filing Resource Center for help. If you log-out of the NYSCEF system, your work won't be saved. When you log back in you will have to start over.

Log-in Checklist
You should have all of the following checked before you log-in:

Signed and Notarized Documents: Most court papers, like an Affidavit, or a Petition, or a Complaint, need to be signed in front of a Notary Public. If the papers are not signed, the court will reject them. Remember to do this before converting court papers into a PDF/A file.

PDF/As of each document that you want to e-file. For example, if you are asking the judge to do something in your case by making a motion, and you have (1) a Notice of Motion, (2) an Affidavit in Support of the Motion, and (3) and (4) two Exhibits, you will need to name and upload a total of four PDFs to NYSCEF. You do this one right after the other.

Redacted Documents: In some cases you must edit out personal information before serving and filing it with the court so that it is hidden from the public. The NYSCEF system asks you about this so make sure you understand this before you log-in. Before you can upload your papers, you will see a Filing Acknowledgment box to check that says you understand how court documents containing social security numbers and other confidential personal information have to be redacted.

Documents in the right format: one-inch margins all around, legal sized paper, double spaced, in English, black ink, using one side of the paper only.

The Filing Fee or Proof of a Fee Waiver, also called Poor Person's Relief. Be ready with your Visa, Master Card or American Express card to pay the filing fee. If you can't afford the fee, you must first apply for a fee waiver from the court before using NYSCEF. Visit CourtHelp for information about how to do this. A document is not filed until the filing fee, proof of fee payment, or a court order waiving the fee is submitted to NYSCEF. When uploading a fee waiver letter or order, the document type will be listed in NYSCEF as No Fee Letter/Order.

Log-in to E-file
If you are ready to log-in to e-file, click on the link below. The information is different if you want to start a new case, or file papers in an existing case.

Log-in: Start New Case

Log-in: Existing Case

Practice
NYSCEF has an e-filing training website for attorneys and unrepresented litigants. If you want to practice e-filing you must create a training site account.
Create a Training Site Account.
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