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The Supreme Court of Texas has mandated that all civil cases, including family and probate cases, by attorneys in appellate courts, and all non-juvenile civil cases, including family and probate cases, by attorneys in district courts, statutory county courts, constitutional courts, and statutory probate courts be filed electronically.

Court Adopts Final E-Filing Rules

Mandatory e-filing began July 1, 2014

If you are having problems getting started, please take a few minutes to read over some of the FAQ’s below to assist you in the transformation to electronic filing, or visit https://efile.txcourts.gov/ for helpful training videos, web training, and information on choosing an EFSP.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT E-FILING

How does e-filing work?

What is an EFSP?

Do I have to register to use EFileTexas.gov?

Is e-filing secure?

How do I serve other individuals with my e-filed documents?

What is e-service?

Note: Transaction and service fees may apply depending on the EFSP used to perform e-service.

Can I use e-service without filing a document with the court?

How do I know if my e-filed document has been submitted?

How do I submit a filing with attachments?

Can I submit more than one filing at a time?

I'm filing a new case and need to request service of process. How do I do that and pay for the service?

How do I submit the Original Will?

Can I use more than one EFSP?

How is the EFileTexas system different from the old one?

My court is currently e-filing. Will all of the fees and other data need to be reconfigured into the new system manually?

When can I use EFileTexas?

Is e-filing mandatory for my court?

a. 500,000 or more ? January 1, 2014

b. 200,000 to 499,999 ? July 1, 2014

c. 100,000 to 199,999 ? January 1, 2015

d. 50,000 to 99,999 ? July 1, 2015

e. 20,000 to 49,999 ? January 1, 2016

f. 20,000 ? July 1, 2016

What type of cases can I e-file using eFileTexas?

When I need to file with a specific court, how will I know whether the county has transitioned to the new system?

Do I have to register to use EFileTexas?

Is support available for the EFileTexas system?

Is documentation and training available for using E-FileTexas?

Can I use EFileTexas if I am a pro per or pro se?

Can EFileTexas be used to initiate cases or to file into existing cases?

What date and time are applied to my e-filing? When it is submitted or when it is accepted?

Is there a fee to use EFileTexas?

I already use an EFSP, do I need to switch?

What if there is not a “filing code” listed for my document, what do I need to do?

REASONS FOR REJECTION OF E-FILED DOCUMENTS AND/OR REQUEST FOR CORRECTION

A clerk must accept a document tendered for e-filing unless specifically authorized not to accept the document(s) by statute or by the Rules of Civil Procedure for the reasons listed below.

Sealed Documents - Documents filed under seal or presented to court in camera cannot be efiled. TRCP 21(f)(4)

Vexatious Litigant - Filer has been found to be a vexatious litigant and has not presented an order from the local administrative judge permitting the filing. CPRC §11.103

REQUEST FOR CORRECTION

A clerk may request a filer to correct an e-filed document only for the following reasons. The request must state the reason and reference any supporting authority as follows:

Insufficient Fees - Fees submitted are insufficient. Please resubmit your filing with the correct case type/filing type. (provide short summary as to what fees were not included) TRCP 99(d) and Gov’t Code, §51.318(b)(7)and (8)Gov’t Code§51.317(a)Local Gov’t Code §118.052; §118.121; or §118.131

Insufficient Funds - Credit Card was declined. Please resubmit with a valid method of payment. TRCP 99(d) and Gov’t Code,§51.318(b)(7)and (8)Gov’t Code §51.317(a) Local Gov’t Code §118.052; §118.121; or §118.131

Document Addressed to Wrong Clerk - The document is addressed to a court for which this clerk’s office does not accept filings. Please correct or re-file with the appropriate clerk’s office.

Incorrect/Incomplete Information

Please resubmit using the correct:
Cause number
Case Type
Case Category
Filing Code
Party Names on document(s)

Incorrect Formatting - Please resubmit the document:

By rotating the document so that the file mark will appear in the upper right corner
In text searchable PDF
Directly converted to PDF if possible.
With a 300dpi resolution
With a page size of 8.5”x11”
With no embedded fonts TRCP 21 (f)(8)
PDF Documents Combined - You have submitted multiple documents for filing in a single PDF. The file-mark will only appear on documents submitted as lead documents. Please file all lead documents as separate PDF documents.
Illegible/Unreadable - Please resubmit in a format that is legible.
Sensitive Data - Please resubmit in five (5) business days with all sensitive data redacted: DL, SSN, Passport Number, Tax ID
Number, Government Issued ID Number
Bank Account Number, Credit Card Number, Financial Account Number
Birth Date, Home Address and name of any person who was a minor when the suit was filed.
TRCP 21c (a-f) NOTE: Family Code §102.008 and §105.006 require identification of children by name and DOB.