Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)



1. Basic E-filling Questions

Electronic filing or e-filing enables filers and courts to efficiently process documents and fees online. eFileTexas.gov manages the flow of information among filers, clerks, court personnel, and judges
Filer Submits Documents
After selecting a certified electronic filing service provider (EFSP), filers log on to their provider's website to file case-related documents online to any participating court in Texas.
EFSP Delivers Documents to the Court
EFSPs check submissions for completeness, calculate filing fees and court costs, and electronically deliver the submitted documents to participating courts.
Clerks Accept or Reject Submissions
Court clerks receive the electronically filed documents and associated fees for processing and acceptance, review the documents, accept the filings or return them for correction, and provide an electronic timestamp notification to the filer for the accepted documents. To get started, click here for a list of certified EFSPs: http://www.efiletexas.gov/service-providers.htm
E-filing in Texas is facilitated by electronic filing service providers (EFSP), that is, web portals operated by independent companies that collect filings from filers and transmit them to eFileTexas.gov. Click here for a listing of certified EFSPs: http://www.efiletexas.gov/service-providers.htm
Yes. The eFileTexas.gov system adheres to state and federal security regulations and meets Payment Card Industry Security Standards to protect filer and transaction information.
E-service is a feature provided by eFileTexas.gov where documents are electronically served to other parties in a case via e-mail. Using this option, you can track when each party received and opened the filing. Note: Transaction and service fees may apply depending on the EFSP used to perform e-service.
Filers are responsible for accomplishing service of all filings as required by applicable court rules. For this purpose, filers may use the mail service, serve by hand delivery, send an e-mail, or use eFileTexas.gov as it offers the option of electronic service of each filing to the designated service contact.
Yes, eFileTexas.gov may be used to exchange documents between parties without filing the documents through the courts.

2. Understanding Fees

Yes, there are fees associated with filing documents electronically on the eFileTexas.gov system:
  • Standard Court Filing Fees: Contact your local court for information on filing fees.
  • Cost-recovery court filing fees: Some courts charge a cost-recovery fee per filing to recoup their costs for developing electronic processes.
  • Service Provider Fees: Some EFSPs charge fees for e-filing and related services. These fees vary by EFSP and transaction.
  • Convenience Fees: A convenience fee is assessed to cover the credit card or eCheck processing fees.
A convenience fee is assessed to cover the credit card processing or eCheck processing fees.

3. Filer Information

Unless a court chooses to adopt mandatory e-filing earlier by enacting local rules, e-filing will be mandatory in civil cases in the district courts, statutory county courts, constitutional county courts and statutory probate courts according to the following implementation schedule based upon the counties´┐Ż 2010 Federal Census population. Courts in counties with a population of:
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
Please visit the following page to learn about courts that currently require e-filing and now longer accept paper filings: http://www.efiletexas.gov/active-courts/index.htm
Most courts restrict e-filing to non-criminal cases, with the primary exception being the Court of Criminal Appeals. Specific case types per court can be viewed by logging into an EFSP of your choosing, selecting a particular court, and viewing their available options.
To get started, click here for a list of certified EFSPs:
http://www.efiletexas.gov/service-providers.htm
eFileTexas.gov is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Consult your local court rules for the court review timelines and schedules.
Note: The system may be temporarily offline from time to time for maintenance purposes.
The list of courts currently accepting filings through the eFileTexas.gov system is available on the active courts Web pages.
Please visit the following page to learn about courts that currently allow or require e-filing:
http://www.efiletexas.gov/active-courts/index.htm
Yes, pro se parties are eligible to use any EFSP for e-filing. However, it is not mandatory they do so.
You can download a copy of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedures for your reference.
The state has adopted a standard set of codes. Download the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure

4. Registration and Support

Yes, all users must register prior to using eFileTexas.gov.
To get started, click here for a list of certified EFSPs:
http://www.efiletexas.gov/service-providers.htm
No, as long as your current EFSP has been certified to submit filings to eFileTexas.gov, there is no need to switch providers.
Click here to view the list of certified EFSPs:
http://www.efiletexas.gov/service-providers.htm
Yes, support is provided by each service provider (EFSP) for their particular application.
Click here to view the list of certified EFSPs and their contact information:
http://www.efiletexas.gov/service-providers.htm
Yes, training is provided by each service provider (EFSP) for their particular application.
Click here to view the list of certified EFSPs and their contact information:
http://www.efiletexas.gov/service-providers.htm
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