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eFile Instructions

If you have been excused from the rules of electronic registration and electronic filing, go to the Excused Filers page.

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Before You Begin

  1. Read the eFile User Guide (PDF).
  2. Register for an account on the eFile Login page.

Steps to Filing a Lawsuit in Iowa

  1. Prepare your documents (petition, original notice, etc.)
  2. Log in to your account and specify the case.
    1. For a new lawsuit
    2. ​​​​​​​For an existing lawsuit.
  3. ​​​​​​​Enter applicable case information and documents.
  4. ​​​​​​​Review your filing information and pay applicable filing fees.
  5. Submit the filing.
  6. Check the status of your filings.

Instructions for Filing an Appeal

Appellate eFile User Guide

Viewing and making Appellate payments

Instructions for Changing Your Personal Information

You must maintain a valid email address in the eFile system. Update your personal information You also must notify the clerk of court when you change your contact information.

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