Payment and Waiver Information
Methods of Payment
Court fees are required at the time of filing a bankruptcy petition. Payment may be in the form of a bank cashier's check, a U.S. Postal money order, or a personal check made payable to: Clerk, United States Bankruptcy Court, or cash. If payment is by cash, exact change is required. Personal checks will not be accepted from debtors or debtors in possession.
It is mandatory for all CM/ECF filers to pay, via the use of a credit or debit card, for all fees related to bankruptcy filings. Upon completion of filing your case or documents you will be prompted to Pay Now or Pay Later.Pay Now
Selecting Pay Now takes you to http://www.pay.gov where you may make secure electronic payments directly from your bank account or debit/credit card. After completing your transaction, you will receive confirmation of payment.
Allows you 24 hours to pay your account in full. This allows you to pay all charges incurred for the day in one payment.
Note: If you do not pay within the 24 hours, the system will automatically lock you out of the CM/ECF filing screens. At that point you will only see the "Utility" menu, allowing you to pay for charges. Once charges have been paid, the system will automatically unlock your account for filing.
To pay voluntary petition fees in installments, see Petition Fee Installment Payments for Individuals Only in the Bankruptcy Fee Schedule. Local Rule 1006 requires a minimum payment to be made within 30 days after filing the petition. The number of installments shall not exceed four, and the final installment payment must be made within 120 days of filing the petition, or the case will be set for a dismissal hearing.
If you cannot afford to pay the Chapter 7 filing fee either in full at the time of filing or in installments, you may request a waiver of the filing fee by completing Official Form B 3B: Application for Waiver of Chapter 7 Filing Fee.
- The form should be completed and filed at the time the bankruptcy petition is filed.
- The appplication will be forwarded to a judge who will approve or deny the request.
- In approximately 10 days from the filing of the application, a copy of the order will be mailed from the Bankruptcy Court to the address listed on your bankruptcy petition.
By law, the judge may waive the fee only if your income is less than 150 percent of the official poverty line applicable to your family size and you are unable to pay the fee in installments.
Order GRANTING your Application for Waiver of the Chapter 7 filing fee
- The petition filing fee will not be required to be paid to the court.
- You will be responsible for paying all other fees that may be required during your bankruptcy or submit a separate application for waiver of those fees.
Order DENYING your Application for Waiver of the Chapter 7 filing fee
- The $306.00 filing fee is due for the filing of your petition.
- The filing fee may be paid in full within 48 hours of the order, or
- The filing fee may be paid in installments to the Bankruptcy Court.
- The order will include the dates and the installment amounts that will be required to be paid to the Bankruptcy Clerk’s Office.
- The payment to the Bankruptcy Clerk’s Office must be in the form of a money order, cashier’s check or cash for the exact amount. The Clerk’s Office does not have change.
- Failure to pay the full filing fee will result in the dismissal of your bankruptcy case.