NextGen CM/ECF Instructions

What's New for ECF Users in NextGen

On April 30th, 2018 the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Iowa will upgrade the Case Management/Electronic Case Filing System (CM/ECF) to the Next Generation of CM/ECF (NextGen).   This new functionality will allow you to maintain a single login and password for efiling and PACER access in all federal courts (bankruptcy, district and appellate) and the ability to sign in one time to access all courts in which you have permission to file.

What You Need to Do Now

Do you have your own Iowa Northern Bankruptcy Court CM/ECF Account?

You must have your own Iowa Northern Bankruptcy Court CM/ECF account, which will be linked to your PACER account once the court implements NextGen.  Shared Corporate CM/ECF accounts, used by some Creditor filers or Financial Management Provider filers, cannot be linked to PACER accounts. Effective April 30, 2018, you will not be able to login to CM/ECF with a shared corporate filing account.  To obtain your individual CM/ECF filer account before the court implements NextGen, perform the following:

Do you have your own PACER account?

You must have your own PACER account, which will be linked to your CM/ECF filing account once the Court has implemented NextGen.  Shared PACER accounts cannot be used by CM/ECF users once the Court has upgraded.

Have you upgraded your PACER account?

If you already have your own PACER account but it was created prior to August 11, 2014, you must upgrade it.

Link an Upgraded PACER Account to a NextGen CM/ECF Account

(NOTE: This step cannot be completed until the court goes live on NextGen on April 30th, 2018)

You must do these steps in order to e:file

Does your firm need a PACER Administrative Account?

Firms can set up a PACER Administrative Account (PAA) to manage all their user accounts and have central billing for PACER access fees.


Saving Payment Information for PACER and E-Filing


Registering to Efile Through PACER

Registering to E-File as an attorney

Registering to E-file as a limited filer (non attorney)


Do you know your current CM/ECF login and password?

This is the login and password used for filing documents.   If it is stored in your browser, it will be lost and not recoverable except by contacting the Court during regular business hours. 

Need help with your current CM/ECF account? Contact the Cedar Rapids Clerk's Office at 319-286-2200 or the Sioux City Clerk's Office at 712-233-3939


 Frequently Asked Questions about CM/ECF NextGen

Click here for a list of FAQ's about NextGen



Click here for  a TUTORIAL on how to create, upgrade, and link your PACER account with NextGen.