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Eastern District of Texas

Honorable Rodney Gilstrap, Chief Judge
David A. O'Toole, Clerk of Court

NextGen ECF is now LIVE for the Eastern District of Texas.

E-filing Access for EDTX

Non-prisoner pro se litigants and attorneys who have been approved by the Eastern District of Texas (EDTX) for e-filing must use their “upgraded” and individual PACER account. Those approved for e-filing are unable to use a “legacy” PACER account (one created before August 2014 that has not been “upgraded” yet) or a shared PACER account. Attorneys who were issued EDTX ECF accounts before May 16, 2022, when the district went live on NextGen ECF, must take steps to link their existing EDTX ECF account to their PACER account.

If you were issued an EDTX ECF account before May 16, 2022, please click the applicable link(s) below to see more information: 

Upgrading Your Existing PACER Account (applies only to PACER accounts issued before August 2014 that have not already been upgraded)

If you have an individual PACER account that was created prior to August 11, 2014 (also known as a Legacy account), you must upgrade it before you can electronically file in a NextGen court. Click here to view instructions on how to Upgrade your Existing PACER Account.

Linking Your Existing PACER Account to Your Existing EDTX ECF Account

Prior to filing, you must link your upgraded PACER account to your ECF filing account. After linking your ECF filing account to your PACER account, you will then use your PACER account to file documents. This is commonly referred to as your Central Sign-On account. Click here to view instructions on how to link your TXED ECF Account to your PACER Account.

If you are newly seeking e-filing privileges in the EDTX and are ELIGIBLEplease follow the instructions below:

Registering for PACER (applies only if you do not already have an individual PACER account; to upgrade a legacy PACER account, see instructions above)

If you do not have an individual PACER account, you will need to register for a new account through PACER services. Each user must have an individual PACER account. (Attorneys who work in a firm with shared billing may wish to view the PACER Consolidated Billing information linked below.)

Submitting a New E-Filing Registration Request to the EDTX

Eligible attorneys and pro se litigants who do not have an ECF filing account must use their PACER account to submit their ECF Registration Request to e-file in EDTX. (View EDTX eligibility requirements here.) Once you are eligible to register, go to PACER, log into Manage My Account, select the Maintenance tab, and select:

  • Attorney Admissions / E-File Registration (if you are an attorney eligible due to admission or approved PHV application) or
  • Non-Attorney E-File Registration.

Note: If you are an attorney, you must make an additional selection after you enter the court type and district. Select “E-File Registration Only” if you are now fully admitted; select “PHV” if you have been approved PHV; or select Multidistrict Litigation if you need to appear in a case transferred to this court by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. IMPORTANT: You must include your State Bar ID No. when you complete the form so we can confirm our records indicate you are authorized to participate in electronic filing.

ECF registration requests that are submitted prematurely will be rejected as the user will appear ineligible.


If you do not know your EDTX ECF login credentials, email the court at Please include your contact information (including a daytime telephone number) so we may assist you. (Note: If you already have an EDTX ECF account, please do not submit a new ECF Registration Request since the clerk must reject it.)

If you do not know your PACER login credentials, you may try to reset them using the Forgot password? or Forgot username? links on this page. If you are unsuccessful, please contact the PACER Service Center at (800) 676-6856.


If you need assistance regaining access to your PACER account, or for any other PACER-related question, please refer to the links below:

If you have other questions regarding the Eastern District of Texas, please refer to the links below: