District NextGen Information
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Important Information For Attorneys

NextGen Account Information:

The U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Idaho will be upgrading to NextGen CM/ECF in March 2021.  Attorneys must link their CM/ECF account to their Individual PACER account to E-file in the court’s CM/ECF system.  

Bankruptcy is scheduled to go live on March 8, 2021.

District is scheduled to go live on March 15, 2021.

You are Required to Complete the Action Items below:





NOW – March 1, 2021

Ensure you have an INDIVIDUAL and UPGRADED PACER ACCOUNT (not a shared firm account). 

Go to https://pacer.uscourts.gov to create your individual account or to check and see if your current account has been upgraded.



Instructions on Upgrading your PACER Account:

  • Go to  https://pacer.uscourts.gov
  • Click on My Account & Billing / Manage My Account Login.
  • Log in.
  • Check for Account Type: Legacy… or Upgraded…
  • If your account is a Legacy Account, please click the Upgrade link to the right of Account Type.


NOW – March 1, 2021

Know your current CM/ECF username/login and password (for District Court and Bankruptcy Court).  If you do not know them, you will need to take steps to retrieve them.

  • Your username/login is most likely your Idaho Bar number. For out of state attorneys, it is your bar number with included State initials, i.e. CA1010101, NY1010101, etc.).
  • Your password can be retrieved, but in order to do that, you will need to have the email address associated with CM/ECF up to date, as this is where your password reset link will go.  If you no longer have access to the email address originally associated with your CM/ECF account you may submit an email update request by emailing ForgottenECF@id.uscourts.gov .  Include in the email your new email address, and we will update your ECF account. Once you have been notified that your email has been updated, you may then proceed with the password rest request.
  • To reset your password in CM/ECF please visit the login screens for each court. https://id.uscourts.gov/clerks/Welcome.cfm
    • Click on the appropriate ECF login button:
    • District ECF Login or
    • Bankruptcy ECF Login



NOW – March 1, 2021

Know your individual PACER account username/login and password.  To retrieve a forgotten PACER login and/or password go to:



Monday, March 8th for Bankruptcy and March 15th for District

(This step cannot be performed prior to March 8 & March 15, 2021)

Link your upgraded PACER account to your District of Idaho CM/ECF account.  See instructions below.

  1. Log out of PACER
  2. Completely close your browser
  3. Open your browser and go to: https://www.id.uscourts.gov/clerks/Welcome.cfm
  4. Click the District or Bankruptcy ECF Login button
  5. At the login prompt, type your Upgraded PACER Account Login/Password
  6. Click "Link my filer account to my PACER account"
  7. Enter your CM/ECF login and password to link your accounts

If you have a question about the linking process, please review the Frequently Asked Questions located at the following address: https://pacer.uscourts.gov/help/faqs

CJA Attorneys ACTION REQUIRED: Once you have linked your upgraded non-CJA PACER Account with your CM/ECF account follow CJA PACER Procedure.  https://pacer.uscourts.gov/help/cmecf/cja-navigation-between-courts


NOTE:  Not all courts have implemented NextGen CM/ECF.  If you file in courts that have not converted to NextGen, you must continue to use that court's CM/ECF login and password until they implement NextGen CM/ECF.  To see the current status for courts, click here.

See Instructions Below:

Individual PACER Account
Upgrading your PACER Account
Instructions on how to upgrade your PACER account.
Linking PACER Account to NextGen
Instructions to link your PACER account to NextGen after the court has gone live on NextGen.
CJA PACER Procedure
Instructions for CJA Attorneys
Federal Government Attorney
Instructions for a Federal Government Agency
Saving Payment Information for PACER & E-Filing
Instructions for saving payment information.

PACER Administrative Accounts

Pacer Administrative Accounts

The PACER Service Center (PSC) has developed the PACER Administrative Account (PAA) to allow firms to manage all their PACER user accounts and allow for central billing for PACER access fees.

NOTE: The PAA will not allow you to access case information.

Forgotten Email Address in ECF Account
PACER/NextGen CM/ECF Things to Remember

Registering and/or Upgrading

Registering and /or Upgrading:

  • All current public filers must upgrade their PACER accounts to file in a NextGen court.
  • Upgrading a PACER account requires additional information for the new security features:
    • Valid email address
    • Date of birth
    • Security questions and answers
    • Minimum 8-character password
  • Upgrading a PACER account is done on the PACER site under Manage My Account.
  • To start the one-time upgrade process, click the (Upgrade) link.
  • Upgraded accounts provide a variety of self-help tools such as Changing User name, password, and security information.
  • PACER notifies the filer of the registration status via email. The contact information in the email is configured by the court.
  • New PACER accounts will automatically be upgraded accounts.
  • Users sometimes enter + in their email address when registering to create multiple accounts with the same email address. PSC will put these requests on a Review Registration Hold. For example, abcde+1@yahoo.com is a match for abcde@yahoo.com.
  • If two personal items (Name, birthdate, email) match another account, while registering, the user will see "an account may already exist" message with the option to click on a continue button.
  • If three personal items (Name, birthdate, email) match another account, the PACER registration request will be put on an inactive Case Search Status and can affect the user’s ability to access the court.


Important Dates:

Linking for Bankruptcy Court will be available March 8, 2021

Linking for District Court will be available March 15, 2021

  • After upgrading a PACER accounts, public filers must link their upgraded PACER accounts to their CurrentGen CM/ECF account the first time they access the NextGen court.
  • Public filers must wait until the court is live on NextGen before they can link accounts.
  • CM/ECF login and password is required to complete the linking process.
  • Traditional CM/ECF account logins are still required for non-NextGen courts.
  • Until all courts are live on NextGen, filers who practice in multiple courts may have to use multiple logins.
  • Log in name for CM/ECF cannot be the same login name for PACER.
    • Example:  John Smith and John P Smith will link. John Smith and John Smith will not link.
  • Once linked the old login and password will never be needed again.


  • Credit Card and ACH data will be part of users’ PACER records, not maintained at the court.
  • Users can store up to three payment options. Payment options could be credit cards or bank accounts for ACH.
  • Provide a credit card while registering, Case Search Status in PACER is activated upon successful validation.
  • At registration: if a credit card is not given for PACER fees, the account will be put on inactive status. A token will be mailed via U.S. Mail and the registrant will be able to complete the registration status.
  • Same-day registration may not be available on weekends or holidays.

Things to Be Aware of

  • Payment links in the Payments tab in PACER are for PACER charges, NOT court filing or admission fees.
  • It can take up to six weeks to get a refund.
  • Account balance in Manage My Account refers to the filer’s PACER fees, not court filing fees or admission fees.