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The Supreme Court of Texas has mandated that all civil cases, including family and probate cases, by attorneys in appellate courts, and all non-juvenile civil cases, including family and probate cases, by attorneys in district courts, statutory county courts, constitutional courts, and statutory probate courts be filed electronically.

Court Adopts Final E-Filing Rules

The Brazoria County Clerk’s Office will enforce mandatory e-filing beginning July 1, 2014.

If you are having problems getting started, please take a few minutes to read over some of the FAQ’s below to assist you in the transformation to electronic filing, or visit the E-File website for helpful training videos, web training, and information on choosing an EFSP.


Frequently Asked Questions About E-Filing

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • How does e-filing work?

  • What is an EFSP?

  • Is e-filing secure?

  • How do I serve other individuals with my e-filed documents?

  • What is e-service?

  • Can I use e-service without filing a document with the court?

  • How do I know if my e-filed document has been submitted?

  • How do I submit a filing with attachments?

  • Can I submit more than one filing at a time?

  • I'm filing a new case and need to request service of process. How do I do that and pay for the service?

  • How do I submit the Original Will?

  • Can I use more than one EFSP?

  • How is the E-FileTexas system different from the old one?

  • My court is currently e-filing. Will all of the fees and other data need to be reconfigured into the new system manually?

  • When can I use E-FileTexas?

  • Is e-filing mandatory for my court?

  • What type of cases can I e-file using E-FileTexas?

  • When I need to file with a specific court, how will I know whether the county has transitioned to the new system?

  • Do I have to register to use E-FileTexas?

  • Is support available for the E-FileTexas system?

  • Is documentation and training available for using E-FileTexas?

  • Can I use E-FileTexas if I am a pro per or pro se?

  • Can E-FileTexas be used to initiate cases or to file into existing cases?

  • What date and time are applied to my e-filing? When it is submitted or when it is accepted?

  • Is there a fee to use E-FileTexas?

  • I already use an EFSP, do I need to switch?

  • What if there is not a “filing code” listed for my document, what do I need to do?


Reasons for Rejection of E-filed Documents

A clerk must accept a document tendered for e-filing unless specifically authorized not to accept the document(s) by statute or by the Rules of Civil Procedure for the reasons listed below.

Sealed Documents - Documents filed under seal or presented to court in camera cannot be efiled. TRCP 21(f)(4).

Vexatious Litigant - Filer has been found to be a vexatious litigant and has not presented an order from the local administrative judge permitting the filing. CPRC §11.103.


Request for Correction

A clerk may request a filer to correct an e-filed document only for the following reasons. The request must state the reason and reference any supporting authority as follows:

Insufficient Fees - Fees submitted are insufficient. Please resubmit your filing with the correct case type/filing type. (provide short summary as to what fees were not included) TRCP 99(d) and Gov’t Code, §51.318(b)(7)and (8)Gov’t Code§51.317(a)Local Gov’t Code §118.052; §118.121; or §118.131.

Insufficient Funds - Credit Card was declined. Please resubmit with a valid method of payment. TRCP 99(d) and Gov’t Code,§51.318(b)(7)and (8)Gov’t Code §51.317(a) Local Gov’t Code §118.052; §118.121; or §118.131.

Document Addressed to Wrong Clerk - The document is addressed to a court for which this clerk’s office does not accept filings. Please correct or re-file with the appropriate clerk’s office.

Incorrect/Incomplete Information - Please resubmit using the correct:

  • Cause number
  • Case Type
  • Case Category
  • Filing Code
  • Party Names on document(s)

Incorrect Formatting - Please resubmit the document:

  • By rotating the document so that the file mark will appear in the upper right corner
  • In text searchable PDF
  • Directly converted to PDF if possible.
  • With a 300dpi resolution
  • With a page size of 8.5”x11”
  • With no embedded fonts TRCP 21 (f)(8)

PDF Documents Combined - You have submitted multiple documents for filing in a single PDF. The file-mark will only appear on documents submitted as lead documents. Please file all lead documents as separate PDF documents.

Illegible/Unreadable - Please resubmit in a format that is legible.

Sensitive Data - Please resubmit in five (5) business days with all sensitive data redacted:

  • DL
  • SSN
  • Passport Number
  • Tax ID Number
  • Government Issued ID Number
  • Bank Account Number
  • Credit Card Number
  • Financial Account Number
  • Birth Date
  • Home Address
  • Name of any person who was a minor when the suit was filed

TRCP 21c (a-f) Note: Family Code §102.008 and §105.006 require identification of children by name and DOB.