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Eastern District of Texas

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

Fee Schedule

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Statutory fees under 28 U.S.C. §1914, fees prescribed by the District Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule (with additional case type detail added for clarity), and locally authorized fees are outlined below.



DECEMBER 1, 2023

Attorney Admission, Appearance, and Service Fees


Attorney Admission


Certificate of Good Standing/Duplicate Certificate of Admission


Appearance – Pro Hac Vice (Local Fee)

$100.00 per case

Case and Document Filing Fees


Administrative Fee for filing Civil Actions below (Does not apply to suits allowed to proceed in forma pauperis)


Civil Action Filing Fee (28 U.S.C. § 1914(a)), other than a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus, including but not limited to the case types below ($350.00 + administrative fee):

     Application/Motion re: Arbitration/Arbitration Award

     Application for Writ of Garnishment


     Complaint in Interpleader

     Motion to Appoint Umpire

     Motion to Quash Administrative Summons

     Motion to Quash IRS Subpoena or Application to Enjoin under 12 U.S.C. § 3410 (customer challenge cases)

     Motion for Return of Property

     Notice of Removal

     Prisoner Civil Rights Case – Not IFP


     Prisoner Civil Rights Case IFP Granted (fee collected via PLRA provisions; administrative fee does not apply)


Miscellaneous Case Papers Filing Fee – For matters related to or ancillary to cases in this district or in another federal district court, including but not limited to the types below:

     Letters Rogatory or Letters of Request

     Motion to Quash Grand Jury or Foreign Deposition Subpoena

     Papers of Trustees under 28 U.S.C. § 754

     Petition to Perpetuate Testimony, Fed. R. Civ. P. 27(a)

     Registration of Judgment from Another District (28 U.S.C. § 1963) AO 451

     Registration of Order Appointing Receiver


     Power of Attorney for Surety Bond (see filing requirements here)


Notice of Appeal (to a circuit court)


Notice of Appeal to a District Judge from a Judgment of Conviction by a Magistrate Judge in a Misdemeanor Case (Misdemeanor appeal)


Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus


Action brought under Title III of the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996

NOTE: Fee is in addition to civil filing fee prescribed by 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a) for instituting civil action.


Records and Reproduction Service Fees


Printing copies accessed electronically at public terminal in the courthouse

$0.10 per page after 7 pages

Copies prepared by Clerk

$0.50 per page

Certification of Document


Exemplification of Document


Issuance of an Apostille


Magistrate Judge Court Audio Duplication

$34.00 per proceeding

Record Search and Certification (e.g., Name Search Certificate, Verification of Citizenship form)


Reproduction of electronic record not maintained in CM/ECF

$33.00 per disk

Federal Records Center (FRC) Retrieval Fee - first box of records
Each Additional Box



FRC SmartScan Service for eligible records (<100 pages)

$20.90 admin fees +

$0.65 per page



Returned or denied payments due to insufficient funds or reversed due to a chargeback


Witness Fees (28 U.S.C. § 1821)

See statute