FAQs - Next Gen

Account Registration



  • 1. Does every attorney really need their own PACER account? Back to top

    Yes, every attorney filer needs their own upgraded PACER account.  Their individual PACER account will become their Next Gen Filing account in all federal courts.

  • 2. How can a firm manage their PACER billing for all the individual attorney accounts? Back to top

    Firms can register for a PACER Administrative Account that individual users can link their PACER accounts to for billing.  Firms can go to https://www.pacer.gov/reg_firm.html or contact the PACER Service Center at 800-676-6856 for additional information on Administrative Accounts.

  • 3. I already file in another Next Gen court. What do I need to do? Back to top

    Nothing until November 13th.  On or after November 13, 2017, you will be able to link your Upgraded PACER/NextGen CM/ECF account to your Fourth Circuit Legacy account.  You will be prompted to do this the first time you login to Fourth Circuit ECF after November 13.  Additional instructions will be provided closer to November 13.

  • 4. Can additional email addresses continue to be copied on my notices from the Fourth Circuit? Back to top

    Yes, noticing will not change with the implementation of Next Gen.

  • 5. How do I know if I need to upgrade my PACER account? Back to top

    PACER accounts created after August 10, 2014, do not need to be upgraded.  If you are unsure when your PACER account was created, visit PACER’s Manage My Account page to determine your PACER “Account Type."  


  • 6. I have a PACER Exempt account for court appointed work. What do I need to do? Back to top

    Part A. Before you can begin, you have to determine whether your non-exempt PACER account is an individual or shared account. If there are other e-filers in your office who use the same PACER account, it is a shared account. If you are the only e-filer in your office who uses your non-exempt account, it is an individual account.

    • If your non-exempt PACER account is a shared account, you have to register for a new PACER account. Your new account will be an upgraded account.
    • If your non-exempt PACER account is an individual account, log in to Manage My Account in PACER. The type of account you have will be listed in the Account Type field. If you already have an upgraded PACER account, proceed to Part B. If you have a legacy PACER account, click the Upgrade link to begin the process of upgrading your account.

    Part B. Once you have an upgraded, individual, non-exempt PACER account, contact the PACER Service Center at pacer@psc.uscourts.gov and request to have your CJA privileges added to this account. Your email should include the following information:

    • Your name and the district or circuit in which you have been appointed to the CJA Panel.
    • The username and account number for your upgraded PACER account. You can find this information by logging in to Manage My Account in PACER.
    • The username and account number for your PACER-exempt account. You can find this information by logging in to Manage My Account in PACER.