PACER is a government system to access US court records.
Why do I need it?
Docket Alarm uses PACER to access Federal Court documents.
Under the flat-rate plan, we pass these fees on to your
account without markup.
What will I be charged?
If we already have the document in our database, you will not be charged
anything. However, if we do not, then we must retrieve it from the court
and incur their access fee.
PACER charges $0.10 per page, with a max of $3.00 a document. For
example, a five page document is $0.50 and a 50 page document is $3.00.
Accessing docket sheets also incurs a fee if we do not already have the
full docket sheet (again, max of $3.00). These fees are only incurred for
Federal Courts and Bankruptcies.
Do other courts have fees?
Certain state courts, mostly in California, charge for access to some
documents. When accessing for-pay state courts, you will always be
given an option to accept or decline the payment.
Enhanced Free Access During COVID-19
During this global crisis, we’re providing
free searches and document/docket views
a week, for documents that are already in our system. You have
pages left for free
Note: that this does not apply to documents that are purchased from
government systems, e.g., PACER.