Civil Online Filing
According to The Supreme Court of Texas, an order was signed adopting Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 21c and Amendments
to Texas Rules of Civil Procedure 4, 21, 21a, and 502.1, Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure 6 and 9, and the Supreme court
Order Directing the Form of the Appellate Record in Civil Cases to be effective January 1, 2014 for Harris County. This order
mandates electronic filing in all Civil Courts and restricts us from accepting paper filing from any filer other than Pro Se filers.
Please, click on the following link to learn more about electronic filing www.efiletexas.gov..
We will also be unable to accept any other type of electronic filing other than through EFileTexas.gov which includes any type of
eFileTXCourts.gov launches new version of filing portal
eFileTXCourts.gov has launched their *new* version of the filing portal. This can be utilized
to submit filings to the eFileTXCourts.gov filing manager. This new filing portal is designed in HTML5 and offers a number of added benefits including the ability
to access eFileTXCourts.gov on your tablet or phone, enabling copy, paste, sorting and filtering features, single screen data entry, keyboard shortcut
navigation, modern web browser support and more!
Google's Chrome browser no longer works with eFileTexas.gov EFSP
Effective September 1, 2015 Google Chrome will no longer support websites that use Silverlight, including the current eFileTexas.gov website. Google
Chrome users will receive a message that their web browser is not compatible, and are encouraged to transition to the new website (eFile Texas Portal)
or use a different web-browser (Internet Explorer or Firefox) to eFile. Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari remain compatible with Silverlight.
DCO’s e-filing seminar has been turned into a comprehensive Power Point presentation
Mastering the basics of the state's new e-filing system
Includes tips on how to send a file, make a payment, avoid common errors
Contact list for filers who are having problems
Basic filing issues: If you cannot file your documents with an electronic file service provider (EFSP) or are having
trouble uploading or downloading documents or choosing titles, please contact your EFSP. (You can consult this
list of EFSPs, which also includes phone numbers.)
Inquiries for District Clerk’s Office: If you have questions, comments or issues about your filings that the District
Clerk’s Office needs to resolve, please send inquiries or comments to eFiling@hcdistrictclerk.com.
Staff will screen the inbox daily. Please include your name, phone number, case number, envelope box number and/or party names
and a brief description of the problem.
Missing files: If you have a case number but it does not come up in the District Clerk’s system when you look for it,
please contact the DCO at eFiling@hcdistrictclerk.com. Your inquiry will be
forwarded to the DCO’s technical staff.
eFileTexas.gov’s EFSP service: If you experience e-filing or technical problems while using eFileTexas.gov’s EFSP
service, please contact eFileTexas.gov’s self service website: Self-Service Support.
Filers must send e-docs in the right format
The state Supreme Court has mandated that e-files in civil and family cases be submitted in specific formats. The District Clerk’s
Office also has its own requirements.
Some filers may find meeting the e-doc requirements described below intimidating. There’s an alternative. Some electronic
file service providers (EFSPs) will format e-docs to meet requirements. Filers may shop around to see
what services EFSPs provide.
When you attach each document for a filing:
Here are some of the format requirements:
• Description field – enter the exact document title that is listed on your paper document
• Security field – select the appropriate document type for each document
• Envelope size is limited to 35 meg
Enter any filing comments to the clerk in the Filing Comments
Text-searchable e-docs: Documents must be in text-searchable, PDF format on 8.5-by-11 inch pages. Pages must be
appropriately rotated. Use optical-character recognition software (OCR) to make documents text-searchable. Some scanners
and scanning software may have OCR capability, but you may have to buy the software.
Resolution requirements: All black-and-white scanned documents must have 300 dots-per-inch resolution (dpi).
Color images must have at least 600 dpi. A larger DPI number will increase the size of your files and could cause it to
not be accepted by the Electronic Filing Manager. (The average for a 10 page PDF, whether scanned or converted, should
be less than 1MB.)
Requirements for document file names: File names should OR MUST be limited to 50 characters. Files names should
contain only alphanumeric characters that are part of the Latin1_General character set. No special characters are allowed.
Multiple e-docs, same envelope: Multiple documents related to a single filing or case number may be filed in the
same e-envelope. Make sure the documents are separated within the filing. For example, the lead document would be separate
from the attachments and pleadings with exhibits.
Effective immediately, Family Court documents requiring a supporting affidavit SHOULD NOT be e-filed as separate documents. The document and affidavit
should be filed as one document. All other accompanying documents should be filed as attachments.
Embedding: An e-filed document may not contain any security or feature restrictions including password protection
or encryption and may not contain embedded multi-media video, audio, or programming. Documents may not contain package PDF's.
PDF's should not be embedded inside of another PDF. Each Document must be a single PDF. An appellate court may require that
multiple PDF documents be combined into a single PDF document and bookmarks used to separate content appropriately. The
content of the document should not depend on bookmarks.
Common reasons why files are returned for correction
The Harris County District Clerk’s Office returns some files that have been improperly submitted. When these files are
returned, the DCO will notify you of the type of filing error that occurred. Filers should resubmit files after they have
corrected the error. Please take a moment to review common errors:
Sensitive Data: Pursuant to the Texas Supreme Court electronic filing mandate regarding sensitive data, TCRP Rule 21c is effective March 1, 2017.
- Sensitive Data –Please redact: Bank Account Number, Credit Card Number, Financial Account Number
- Sensitive Data-Please redact: Birthdate, Home Address and name of any minor when suit was filed
- Sensitive Data-Please redact: DL, SSN, Passport Number, Tax ID Number, and Government Issued ID Number
If filings should be submitted in paper or electronic format with any of the numbers, dates, names or addresses specified in this rule they will be
returned for correction with seven (7) days to return to retain original filing date. If the document is in paper format and has any of this sensitive information in the filing, the following statement must be included on the upper left-hand side of the first page of the document, NOTICE: THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS SENSITIVE DATA.
Contact information: In the signature block, filers must include their contact information, including name, address,
phone number and email address. Documents without signatures will be returned to filers.
Duplicate filings: The District Clerk’s staff is not responsible for determining if a filing is a duplicate or
deducing the intent of the filer. Unless the attorney contacts the DCO to ask for cancellation of the filing before the
DCO accepts it, it will go into the system. If there is cost involved, refunds are not guaranteed.
No attorney signature: Signatures must be entered in accordance with the Supreme Court order. Files without the
proper signature will be returned.
Incorrect filing code: Filers can limit their options by entering the wrong code. In addition, codes may determine
fees. A wrong code may lead to overbilling or underbilling. For example, if you enter “divorce” instead of “divorce with
children,” the fees are different. If the District Clerk’s Office cannot make the change, the file will be returned to the filer.
Incorrect agency or jurisdiction: Both the Harris County District Clerk’s Office and Harris County Clerk’s Office are
subject to the Supreme Court mandate on e-filing. But the offices operate independently and cannot accept filings slated for
the other office. If you file documents with the District Clerk’s Office that must be filed at the Harris County Clerk’s Office,
the files will be returned. If you file them in the wrong county, they also will be returned.
Insufficient payment: If your credit or debit card is rejected due to insufficient funds, the District Clerk’s Office
will return the file and request that you use another card or form of payment.
Missing information pertinent to the filing: Files lacking key information will be returned.
Unreadable or illegible documents: Such files will be returned.
Rejections requested by filing party: Please give your name when you ask the District Clerk’s Office to reject a
file. Names are needed so the DCO can send rejection notifications to the right parties.
Documents not separate: Filers may submit multiple documents in the same envelope as long as they are related to
a single filing or case. But such documents must be separated within an envelope and cannot be grouped together in a large
document. So within an envelope, filers may send, for instance, a lead document and exhibits, an order, correspondence and
request for service that are related to the lead document. But all these items must be sent as separate documents within
the envelope. The envelope will be returned if the documents are not separated.
No encryption, password protection: Documents may not contain security or feature restrictions, such as password
protection and encryption, and may not contain embedded multi‐media video, audio, or programming. The District Clerk’s
Office will return documents with such restrictions and embedded elements to filers.
Sealed files: If an order has been issued sealing a file while a party is pursuing a permanent sealing under
Texas Rules of Civil Procedure 76a, a person trying to file additional documents will need to bring them to the District
Clerk’s Office for processing. These documents cannot be filed electronically and will be returned.
No viruses, malware: An e‐filed document must not contain a virus or malware. By e‐filing a document, filers
are in effect certifying that they have checked and made certain that documents have no viruses and malware. Corrupt files
will be returned to filers.
Now that we have begun this transformation, we would greatly appreciate your feedback. If you have questions, comments or
issues we need to resolve about your filings we encourage you to contact us at
eFiling@hcdistrictclerk.com. We will be
screening the inbox daily. Please, send your name, phone number, case number, envelope box number and/or party names and a
brief description of the problem. We are in this together and we want to work with you to get these issues resolved as soon