Application for Waiver of the Chapter 7 Filing Fee ("in forma pauperis")


How to file:

Location of event: Bankruptcy > Motions, Applications & Briefs > Waiver of Chapter 7 Filing Fee, Application



Things to be aware of when filing: This event should only be used to seek a waiver of the initial filing fee for a new chapter 7 case, not for any other fee.



28 U.S.C.: 1930(f)

FRBP: 1006


General Information


(a) has income less than 150 percent of the poverty guidelines last published by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) applicable to a family of the size involved; and


(b) is unable to pay that fee in installments. The Application for Waiver of Chapter 7 Filing Fee must be filed as a separate event, not included with the Voluntary Petition.





Filing Requirements


Step-by-Step Procedures to file Application for Waiver of the Chapter 7 Filing Fee

1. Log into CM/ECF


2. Select Bankruptcy > Motions, Applications & Briefs


3. Enter the case number (in the format xx-xxxxx) and click Next


4. Select Waiver of Chapter 7 Filing Fee, Application for from the event list. Click Next


5. Select appropriate radio button to indicate whether or not the Motion you are filing is amended.


6. Check box if jointly filing with another attorney, click Next.


7. If you indicated that you are filing jointly with other attorney(s), select additional attorney(s) and click Next


NOTE: You cannot add attorneys. Only attorneys who have previously entered an appearance will be available for selection.


8. Select the party filer.  If the party is not listed, click on Add/Create New Party. Click Next


Note: The "Attorney/Party Association” screen may appear. If your party selection was correct, check the box to create an association and click Next.


9. Browse to select the Application (pdf file).  Click Next


10. Trustee's objection deadline is calculated and displayed. Click Next


11. If you indicated in step 5 that you are filing an amended motion, all pending motions on the docket are displayed. Select the motion that is being amended and click Next


12. Enter additional text, if desired, and/or select prefix text and click Next


Note: The prefix text option is not available if you indicated in Step 5 that the Motion you are filing is amended. The additional text option is not always available.


13. Verify final docket text. If correct, click Next to submit and to review Notice of Electronic Filing.