Pay.gov is an on-line credit card module for CM/ECF. It allows practitioners to pay filing fees via the internet directly to the U.S. Treasury as part of the electronic filing process.
Practitioners who wish to use Pay.Gov must fill out and return the “Internet Credit Card Payment/Pay.gov Request Form.”
To ensure that Pay.Gov will work properly you must temporarily turn off the “Pop-up Blocker” on your computer. The filer’s credit card information must be entered after each transaction in a session or once for all transactions at the end of a session.
A Pay.Gov tutorial and user’s manual are available on this web-site under Training and Manuals.
Practitioners who do not wish to pay on-line may still pay by cash, check, certified check, money order, or credit card over-the-counter. Practitioners who do not pay by credit card using Pay.gov must have an authorized user present their credit card at the clerk’s office intake counter for each transaction in which a fee is due. Pay.gov is not available at the public computers located in the clerk’s office.
Access to ECF will automatically be disabled after two days for attorneys who have outstanding filing fees. If access is disabled, the filer can still log in to ECF, but will not be able to view or file documents. Access is enabled by clicking on “Utilities” in the main menu, then clicking on “Internet Payments Due” to pay outstanding fees. Practitioners will not have the option of selecting a specific transaction, but must pay all fees due in order to regain access to the system. Once all fees are paid, access to CM/ECF is regained by clicking "Logout" from the main menu, closing the browser, reopening the browser, and logging back into the CM/ECF system.
In addition, the court will continue to dismiss cases without prejudice for failure to pay the filing fees if the payment is not made within two business days, regardless of which payment method is used.
If you have any questions please contact Cheryl Vogel at (504) 589-7860.
March 28, 2008