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NextGen CM/ECF E-Filing Registration Required Steps

Attorneys admitted to VAED, U.S. Attorney’s Office, attorneys in good standing from the Western District of Virginia or other government agencies, must register to become an e-filer prior to filing any pleadings electronically. Please mail your ECF Certification/Registration Form and photocopied government issued photo ID to U.S. District Court, EDVA, Clerk’s Office, 600 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510. To register to file documents electronically with the EDVA via the CM/ECF system, you must take the following steps:


Register for an individual upgraded PACER account at the PACER Service Center 



Familiarize yourself with our local rules the E-Filing Policies and Procedures Manual. Please do not continue registering to become an e-filer until you have done so.



Print out and complete the NextGen CM/ECF Certification/Registration Form.  Email the three page form and photocopy of a government-issued photo ID to and mail or deliver the Original Documents to the following address: ECF Certification/Registration, U.S. District Court, EDVA, Clerk's Office, 600 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Note: You may not register as an E-Filer if you are not admitted to VAED or not associated with the EDVA U.S. Attorney's Office or Government Office. Once we have received your Certification/Registration Form and the photocopy of your government-issued photo id, you must register for e-filing with our court through your individual upgraded PACER account. Go to - Under “Manage My Account”, you will click on the Maintenance tab, then click on “Attorney Admissions/E-File Registration”. You will then select Virginia Eastern District Court and choose the E-File Registration Only option.

Contact the local divisional office help desk if you need assistance filing a document electronically:

Alexandria Help Desk:



Norfolk/Newport News Help Desk:



Richmond Help Desk: