Register for eFiling

Required Steps for Filing Privileges with the Fourth Circuit

Use of PACER login and password to file documents electronically is equivalent to a signature on a paper filing.  Counsel may authorize an agent, such as a paralegal, secretary, or co-counsel, to use counsel's login and password to file documents electronically on counsel's behalf. Those assisting counsel with electronic filing should take the Court's training and familiarize themselves with the Court's CM/ECF procedures. The required steps for filing privileges at the Fourth Circuit are set forth below.

  • Fourth Circuit Bar Members

Counsel should register for filing privileges through PACER following the steps below. Once filing privileges have been activated, counsel will receive an email indicating that their account is available for filing. Each attorney must have an individual PACER account.  The court requires counsel to have filing privileges activated before entering their appearance in a case. Check the Attorney Bar and ECF Status Report if you are unsure of your Fourth Circuit bar or filing status.

  • Non-Bar Members

Counsel may register for filing privileges through PACER prior to being admitted to the bar. Non-bar filers are activated with limited functionality. Non-bar members may submit an Application for Admission to Practice through the CM/ECF utilities menu. Applications for Admission must be submitted using the PACER account of the individual seeking admission. Current members of the bar cannot utilize their filer account to submit an application on behalf of another attorney. Once a user is admitted to the bar, the File a Document menu option will be made available on the CM/ECF menu. Counsel will be notified once they have been admitted and case document filing has been activated for their account.

  • Pro Se Filers
To qualify as a pro se electronic filer, a pro se litigant must obtain a PACER account and request filing privileges with the Fourth Circuit.  They must also file a motion for leave to file documents electronically in a case pending in the Fourth Circuit before being granted leave to proceed as an electronic filer. Please note that motions for leave to file documents electronically will be considered after the request for filing privileges through the user's PACER account have been approved.

Registering for Filing Privileges

  • An individual PACER account is required to obtain filing privileges at the Fourth Circuit.   With an upgraded PACER account, you can request filing privileges at the Fourth Circuit, as well as additional circuits. Each circuit must separately approve and activate your filing privileges, but the same PACER login and password are used for all appellate courts in which you register. 
  • Register for  a PACER account through the PACER Service Center  at