Effective September 1, 2013, Clark County District Court will require all attorneys and government agencies to file documents and pleadings electronically. People who are not attorneys and wish to represent themselves must file paper documents.
Documents accepted through e-filing
The new local rule, LGR 30 Mandatory Electronic Filing (PDF), applies to pleadings related to an open court case, new cases and answers to writs of garnishment. Documents longer than 500 pages can be filed electronically or by hand.
New District Court cases can be e-filed after the filing fee has been paid and a case number has been issued. Please indicate the case numbers and e-file a copy of the payment confirmation.
- To obtain a case number, call District Court at (360) 397-2060.
- Filing fees can be paid online with Point and Pay.
Documents NOT accepted through e-filing
- Foreign judgements
- Original wills
- Certified records of proceedings for purposes of appeal
- Negotiable instruments
- Bail bonds
- Documents presented for filing during a court hearing or trial
- Documents of foreign governments under official seal
- Bench copies for the judicial office
Fillable District Court (PDF) forms can be located at the bottom of the Documents and forms page.
Before you can e-file, you must first:
- Submit a completed registration form (PDF) to the District Court Administrative Offices, 1200 Franklin St., Vancouver, WA 98660. A user name and password will typically be issued within one to two weeks.
- Submit two test documents. After receiving your login information, please submit a one-page document and a multi-page document (specify clearly on each that they are TEST DOCUMENTS). Once your documents are filed and processed by the Court, you will receive a confirmation email. If the email does not arrive in your inbox, please check your junk mail. If the email does not arrive in either your inbox or junk mail, please let us know at email@example.com.
After receiving confirmation from the courts, you are ready to e-file.
- Go to ftp://courts.efile.clark.wa.gov
- Enter your user name and password and click on “Log On”
- Double click on the court you are filing with
- Double click on your agency
- Move your documents to the open window. Documents will be date and time stamped and imported within five seconds. Once imported, the documents will no longer be visible in the open window.
- E-file Questions & Answers (PDF)
Once your documents are filed and processed by the Court, a conformed copy will be emailed to you. Please be sure that your primary email address is listed at the bottom of your filing documents. Conformed copies will only be emailed to your primary email address. If your e-filing is not accepted, you will also be notified by email. Please be sure that your email provider allows you to receive emails with attachments of 25MB in size and larger.
Point & Pay Web site:
**Please limit each transaction to five (5) cases.
Documents may be submitted as PDF (as of 09/23/2013), TIF or TIFF (Tagged Image File Format). Please be sure your documents are legible with clear images before e-filing. Documents that do not meet these requirements will not be accepted.
- Converting paper documents to TIFF – Scan your document with a scanner that can create a multi-page document image in Group Type 4 TIF format and is configured for 300x300 dpi, black and white, Group Type 4 compressed.
- Converting electronic documents to TIFF – There are many options available online for converting electronic documents to TIFF. You can download file converter software or subscribe to online services. To identify the option that is right for you, use a search engine to search for keywords such as “file conversion software.”
- Guide to Civil E-filing (PDF)