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Fee Schedule

Please Note:  Effective December 1, 2016, certain miscellaneous fee increases go into effect.  The attachment to the Judicial Conference memorandum is available for your reference. 


Please Also Note:  The the attorney admission fees are increased locally as specified in Administrative Order 331


Please Note:  Effective May 1, 2013, the fee to file a new civil case now includes a $50 administrative fee, which does not apply to those persons granted in forma pauperis status.  The Judicial Conference memorandum outlining this change is available here.

(28 USC § 1914)
(Effective December 1, 2016)
The fees included in the District Court Fee Schedule are to be charged for services provided by the district courts. The United States should not be charged fees under this schedule, with the exception of those specifically prescribed in Items 5, 8, and 9. 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) should not be charged any fees under this schedule.



Fees for any civil action, suit, or proceeding whether by original process, removal, or otherwise (also under this fee are Writs of Mandamus and Motions to Quash Administrative Subpoena).  Includes $50 administrative fee, which does not apply to persons granted in forma pauperis status.  [A miscellaneous fee of $6,548 (in addition to the filing fee for a civil action) for cases under the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act (LIBERTAD); effective 2/1/97.]

2. Fee for filing a Habeas Petition.

Fee for docketing an appeal to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

4. Fee for filing or indexing any paper not in a case or proceeding for which a case filing fee has been paid.
5. Every search of the records of the district court, per name or item searched. This fee shall apply to services rendered on behalf of the United States if the information requested is available through electronic access.
6. Fee for certifying of any document; fee for transcript of judgment.
7. Fee for exemplification of any document.
8. Fee for reproducing any record or paper (fee charged per page). This fee shall apply to paper copies made from either: (1) original documents; or (2) microfiche or microfilm reproductions of the original record. This fee shall apply to services rendered on behalf of the United States if the record or paper requested is available through electronic access. $ .50

For persons granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis (Admin. Order #174) (charged per page).

$ .10
9. Fee for reproduction of an audio recording of a court proceeding, including materials.  This fee applies to services rendered on behalf of the United States, if the recording is available electronically.

Fee for each microfiche sheet of film or microfilm jacket copy of any court record, where available.


Fee for retrieval of a record from a Federal Records Center, National Archives or other storage location removed from the place of business of the court.



For retrievals involving multiple boxes, each additional box.


For electronic retrievals, plus $ .65/page collected on behalf of the FRC.

12. Fee for any payment returned or denied for insufficient funds.
13. Fee for an appeal to a district court judge from judgment of conviction by a magistrate judge in a misdemeanor case.
14. Fee for original admission of attorneys to practice, each. (Includes a Certificate of Admission and payment to the Attorney Admission Fund)
15. Fee for admission of attorneys Pro Hac Vice, $100 each.
16. For a duplicate certificate of admission or certificate of good standing.
17. Processing fee for a petty offense charged on a federal violation notice.



For printing copies of any record or document accessed electronically at a public terminal in the courthouse. This fee shall apply to services rendered on behalf of the United States if the record requested is remotely available through electronic access.

$ .10 per page

 *This fee is applicable to the filing of a petition to perpetuate testimony, Rule 27(a), Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the filing of papers by trustees under 28 U.S.C. § 754, the filing of letters rogatory or letters of request, and registering of a judgment from another district pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1963; foreign deposition subpoena; writs of mandamus; motions to quash administrative summons or subpoena.

District Court Fee Schedule (pdf)