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How to Become an ECF Filer

Electronic Filing Mandatory Effective July 1, 2011

Please read the standing order for more information regarding the requirement for attorneys and high volume creditors to file electronically.

Standing Order Relating to Non-Attorney Professional Electronic Filer Accounts

Please contact Carol Boggess at (210) 472-6720 ext. 5723 if you have any questions about the registration process below.


What you need to know before registering

Ensure you have the necessary software requirements.

Read and comply with the Local Rules and Administrative Procedures for Filing, Signing and Verifying Pleadings and Papers by Electronic Means.

Creditor filers must also review and agree to adhere to the Creditor User Agreement.

Determine the level of electronic filing access you need to meet your e-filing needs.


Please allow time for training and the certification process well in advance of your client's required filing deadlines.


Must attend a one hour training class (using internet session and telephone) and complete the video training prerequisites.   The trainer will communicate with you via e-mail to schedule the training session and provide instruction on which videos will be required.


The registration form allows you to tell us which bankruptcy court you have the most current filings.  We must see that you have filed motions/applications, notices, responses/objections, within the last year in another bankruptcy court under your own ECF account.   If you meet these requirements, you will then complete a certification exercise that will be e-mailed to you.  You will be provided instructions and account information for our training system.  If you do not meet these requirements, you will follow requirements for attorneys not filing in other bankruptcy courts.


Registration for electronic filing with the Western District of Texas District Court does not automatically grant authorization to electronically file with the Western District of Texas Bankruptcy Court


To Register, Click on the Electronic Registration link below:

Register for an Attorney Account.
NOTE:  Completing the Electronic Registration Application does not automatically provide access to our CM/ECF system.

Register for a Creditor/Filing Agent/Non-Attorney Account.


Software Requirements 

Only Firefox and Internet Explorer have been certified to be used with CM/ECF. Google Chrome and Safari have not been certified for use.

All documents (except creditor lists) must be in PDF format before they can be filed in CM/ECF!


Levels of Electronic Filing Access

There are four levels of access available to CM/ECF users:

Full Access Attorney users can electronically file new bankruptcy cases, adversary proceedings, contested matters, responses, objections, plans, proofs of claims, reaffirmations, etc. Basically, anything an attorney can file in paper form.

Limited Access Attorney users can electronically file Notices of Appearance, Proofs of Claims and Reaffirmation Agreements. Filing of a Notice of Appearance will activate email noticing.

Creditor users can electronically file a limited number of documents, primarily claims, transfers of claims, reaffirmation agreements, and notice requests. Basically, anything a creditor can file in paper form.

Non-Attorney Professional - users can electronically file applications for compensation and reports.

Only one login and password will be issued to each registrant.