Fee Schedule


The Court of Appeals Miscellaneous Fee Schedule sets appellate court fees and exemptions. Fees are paid to the Clerk of the appellate or originating court at the time of the transaction.
  • The United States is generally exempt from fees. However, if a document or recording is available through remote electronic access, the United States must pay applicable fees for reproductions requested from the court.
  • Federal agencies or programs that are funded from judiciary appropriations (agencies, organizations, and individuals providing services authorized by the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, and bankruptcy administrators) are exempt from all fees.

The Electronic Public Access Fee Schedule sets the fees and exemptions for electronic access to court documents. Electronic access fees are managed by the PACER Service Center, which bills users quarterly for electronic access.

  • Persons providing services under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) are exempt from payment of electronic access fees when performing CJA-related work and may request to have CJA privileges added to their upgraded PACER account.

Summary of Fees

Effective September 1, 2018

Description Fee
Attorney Admissions-Related Fees
Attorney Admissions $231 ($181 national fee plus $50 local fee)
Form: Application for Admission to Practice
Certificate of Good Standing $19
Form: Certificate of Good Standing Request
Duplicate Admissions Certificate $19
Docketing & Filing Fees
Petition for Review or Notice of Appeal from an Administrative Agency Decision $500
Petition for Writ of Mandamus or any Other Original Proceeding $500
Notice of Appeal from a Tax Court Decision $500
Note: Fee must be paid in the U.S. Tax Court
Notice of Appeal from a District Court Decision $505
Note: Fee must be paid in the U.S. District Court
Direct Appeal from a Bankruptcy Court Decision $505 ($298 when the notice of appeal is filed plus $207 additional if a direct appeal is authorized)
Note: Fee must be paid in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Petition for Permission to Appeal No fee for petition; $505 if permission to appeal granted and an appeal is authorized
Note: Fee must be paid in the U.S. District Court
Electronic Public Access Fees
PACER Fee for Remote Electronic Access to Documents $.10 per page. For case-specific documents, the maximum fee per document is $3. The PACER Service Center bills for remote electronic access on a quarterly basis. If quarterly usage does not exceed $15, there is no charge.
Records Search & Retrieval Fees
Search of Court Records $31 per name or item searched
Physical Retrieval of Archived Records from the Federal Records Center/NARA $64 for first box plus $39 for each additional box
Electronic Retrieval of Archived Records from the Federal Records Center/NARA $19.90 plus $.65 per page (100-page limit)
Reproduction & Copy Fees
Printing Documents Accessed Electronically at a Public Access Terminal $.10 per page (fee applies to printing only; there is no charge to access and view documents at the public access terminals in the courthouse)
Reproduction of Paper Filings or Other Documents $.50 per page
Reproduction of Electronic Records not available in CM/ECF $31 per item
Reproduction of Oral Argument Recording $31 (CD); Recordings of all oral arguments after September 1, 2007, are available from the court’s Internet Archive without charge.
Reproduction of the Record on Appeal in a Case Without an Appendix $86
Other Fees
Certification of any Document or Paper $11
Fee for Use of the Court’s Videoconferencing Equipment for Oral Argument $200 per location
Fee for Payments Returned or Denied for Insufficient Funds $53


Payments


Any fees due to the Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, may be paid by cash (exact change), check, or money order. Checks are made payable to "Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals" and mailed to: Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, 333 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room 5205, Washington, D.C. 20001.