Use the eFile System to electronically file documents. You can track the status of your filings, review filings by other parties, and receive documents and notifications from the clerk’s office.
You must register on the eFile website to file electronically. There is no cost to register.
Requirements for Electronic Filing
- A computer with a browser. Internet Explorer (IE), version 9 or higher, is recommended
- A current email address
- Most documents must be converted to a pdf (portable document format) before filing
- If you are an attorney, an AT Personal Identification Number
Electronic filing is required in Iowa as provided in Iowa Rules of Electronic Procedure rule 16.304(1). The rules in Chapter 16 Iowa Rules of Electronic Procedure (PDF) govern the electronic filing of all documents. You can ask for an exception from registration and electronic filing; a request form is available at each courthouse.
You must use Adobe Acrobat Reader to complete these forms. Get it free here.
Civil Court Fees
Both electronic and paper filings are subject to the appropriate filing fee. Fees can be paid online with a valid credit or debit card or in-person at the courthouse.
System outages are posted on the Judicial Branch website, Facebook and Twitter. If the eFile system is unavailable, please check back periodically. If you are unable to meet a deadline due to a technical difficulty, file the document using the soonest available electronic or nonelectronic means. The filing is not timely unless the court determines it to be timely. See Rule 16.309(2).
Many legal issues are time sensitive and contain strict deadlines. If you are unsure about whether deadlines apply to your legal problem, you should seek immediate legal advice from an attorney.
Help from Court Employees
Court employees cannot give legal advice. They cannot advise what case to file, what form to complete or how to complete a form. For these and similar questions, consult with an attorney. For more information, refer to the eFile Help page.