New York State Unified Court System
NYSCEF: Unrepresented Litigants

Log-in to E-file in an Existing Case

The information in this section is for people who got a Notice of E-filing from the other side with their court papers. Most of these cases follow the same basic steps when you e-file your court papers. Read the information below before you log-in. If you don't understand something you can ask the Resource Center or practice in the Training Site.

Basics Steps
  1. Case Information: You will be asked:
    • Index or Claim #. This is found on the top right of the court papers.
    • The Court you are e-filing in. This is found on the top left of the court papers. You must file in the court and county where the case was started.
  2. Document Information: Before you upload your documents to NYSCEF, read about the information you will be asked to submit. The system will ask you for the names of the court papers and additional information for motions, proposed judgments, exhibits and papers containing personal information like a social security number or birth date.
  3. Payment: You will be asked to pay a Filing Fee based on the type of document you tell the court you are e-filing.
    • Not all documents cost money to file, like most stipulations are free. If your filing is free you will see a zero balance. Visit Filing Fees to see if will have to pay a fee.
    • If you have a Fee Waiver, you will be asked to submit proof.
  4. Upload documents: You will be asked to attach your document and submit it to NYSCEF. Remember each document must be a PDF/A file and must be signed and notarized, if required. You will see a PDF/A Checker link that you can use to find out if your document is in the right format.
  5. After Documents are Uploaded: Learn what happens after you upload your documents and what you have to do. Read about confirmation notices, notices of e-filing, service of papers, and more that you may have to do for the court to consider your papers.

Log-in to E-file
If you are ready to e-file your court papers, choose the court you want to file in below. After logging in, you will need to choose your court again, and choose whether you are starting a case or filing into an existing case.
Appellate Court
Court of Claims
NYC Civil Court
Supreme Civil Court
Surrogate's Court