In most cases, no. However, certain documents are still required to be filed with the Clerk in paper form. Please refer to Administrative Order SC11-399: E-Filing (PDF) for more information.
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The ePortal is a website that provides eFiling and eRecording capability to users with a single statewide login. Users may utilize the ePortal web interface to submit documents to Clerks and Recorders. The ePortal also supports automated interfaces with other submitter systems. The ePortal supports transmissions to/from the local case/recording systems using national XML standards. The ePortal also provides electronic notifications and service on behalf of filers.
Attorneys and pro se (self-represented) parties may register for an account to file court documents via the eFiling Portal. To register for an ePortal account, visit the Florida Courts eFiling Portal and click on "File Now" to complete the steps for registration.
For assistance with creating an account, click on the link "ePortal Documentation."
When registering, be sure the primary email address you enter on the ePortal matches the email address you have on record with the Florida Bar. Your first and last name must also match the records with the Florida Bar. You can verify your name and email address on file with the Florida Bar on the Florida Bar Website.
E-Filer Manuals and Portal FAQs. are available on the MyFlorida ePortal. An Escambia E-Filing Resource Guide (PDF) is available and periodic training sessions on e-Filing will be posted on our website.
For technical support, including password resets, contact the MyFlCourtAccess Support in Tallahassee at 850-577-4609 or send them an email. For assistance with a filing, such as an inquiry regarding a filing or a case, please contact our office.
Yes, you may file for all cases.
The only requirement will be an internet connection and a supported browser.
The ePortal will accept filings in Microsoft Word or PDF formats. Documents created with Word Perfect should be converted to PDF or Word prior to sending to the ePortal. All scanned documents must be at 300 dots per inch (DPI) and in black and white. The maximum allowable size of a document is 50 megabytes. All documents will be converted to PDF formats by the ePortal.
Documents that must be maintained in original form may be electronically filed through the Portal but must also be deposited with the Clerk and maintained for safekeeping as defined in SC11-399. Examples include:
Yes. The regular filings established by Florida law are required to be paid to file cases with Florida's courts. In addition to the filing fees, there are also convenience fees established to offset the use of electronic funds transfer, whether using a credit, charge or debit card, or and automated clearing house (ACH) transaction. The portal accepts Mastercard, Discover and American Express cards at a rate of 3%. The fee for an ACH transaction is a $3 flat fee.
Individual Florida Bar members will register to use this system and receive authentication credentials (login ID, password) upon validation of their online registration. Upon receipt of the completed Online Electronic Filing Registration, the system will verify that the attorney is admitted to practice and in good standing with The Florida Bar. A combination including but not limited to name, email and Florida Bar Number, obtained during the registration, will be validated against an electronic list provided by the Florida Bar. The attorney will be able to designate their user name and password. Email notification will be sent to the attorney at their identified email account reflecting either approval or denial of the account. The selected user name and password will enable the attorney to retrieve and file documents electronically and to receive the Notice of Electronic Filing.
The person to whom the user name and password is assigned is responsible for any documents filed using that user name and password.
The ePortal will support the following electronic notifications:
All dates and times, including when the filing is received at the ePortal and accepted/rejected by the clerk, are stored in the ePortal database to ensure the accuracy and consistency of when the event took place. An electronic filing may be submitted to the portal at any time of the day or night, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. For purposes of determining timeliness, an accepted filing shall be deemed filed on the date and time when the electronic filing is received at the ePortal.
The ePortal provides access to filings "in progress" only. Once the filing is accepted and filed in the local CMS/DMS, this becomes the official court record just like the current paper process. Original filings are retained at the portal for a brief period and then removed. Permanent access to these documents will be provided through existing methods - local websites and CCIS links.
Per AOSC04-04, filers will only be able to access cases of which they are a party of record. This access will be provided through a secured link to the existing CCIS database and links. When a county implements ICD Version 2 of CCIS, the Bar ID will be linked to each case in CCIS. When an attorney of record registers on the Portal with their Bar ID, they will be able to see any case linked to their Bar ID via a secured link to the existing CCIS database.
If the local record keeping system is down or otherwise not available, then any process that depends on the availability of the local record keeping system will not be available. Filings that are 'waiting to be filed' will continue to wait and the re-try mechanism will continue to re-try. Once the local record keeping system is back up, the filings are filed and notifications are sent.
Please refer to Section 7.0 Electronic Signatures in the Administrative Order SC09-30: Statewide Standards for Electronic Access to the Courts (PDF) for rules governing electronic signatures on court documents.
In general, a submission by a registered user is not required to bear the electronic image of the handwritten signature or an encrypted signature of the filer. Instead, the requirement of a signature on an electronically filed document may be met as follows:s/ John DoeJohn Doe (email address)Bar Number 12345Attorney for (Plaintiff/Defendant) XYZ CompanyABC Law Firm123 S StreetOrlando, FL 32800Phone: 407-123-4567
See Florida Supreme Court AOSC09-30 for more information.
The Florida Court ePortal currently supports efiling by:
No, a single filing cannot apply to more than one case.
Yes, multiple pleadings on the same case can be filed simultaneously.
All filers must comply with the privacy/confidentiality provisions of Florida Rules of Judicial Administration 2420, and the prevention of unauthorized filings (minimization) provisions of Rule 2.425. These requirements apply to all documents, including attachments. If a filer who electronically files a document containing information identified as exempt from public access pursuant to Rules 2.420 and 2425, Florida Rules of Judicial Administration, the filer shall indicate that the document contains confidential or sensitive information. Documents that are exempt or claimed to be exempt from public access shall be processed pursuant to Rules 2.420 and 2.425.
The filer will be required to certify that either: