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Electronic Filing for Creditors

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Iowa has upgraded their Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) System to the Next Generation of CM/ECF (NextGen). NextGen allows you to maintain a single login and password for PACER access and e-file in all NextGen federal courts in which you have permission to e-file.

Additional information regarding NextGen can be found at

CM/ECF:  Attorneys (who are not admitted to practive in the Northern District of Iowa Bankruptcy Court) and creditor representatives may obtain a "Limited Use" login to access the CM/ECF system. This limited login allows attorneys or creditor representatives to file a small (restricted) number of documents in the system. For example, a limited use login does not allow the user to file a petition. It is intended for use by participants who will only be filing the specific documents, such as:

  • Creditor Request for Notices
  • Proof of Claim
  • Withdrawal or Transfer of Claim
  • Reaffirmation Agreements

Click here for written step-by-step procedures for filing a variety of documents. Creditors will have access to docket events within the following categories:  Claims Actions, Creditor Maintenance and Other. Claims can be filed through CM/ECF or through ePOC.

You can practice in the ECF Training Database.  Please contact the court at (319) 286-2200 for a username and password.

If you are still uncertain how to proceed, contact the Clerk's Office at (319) 286-2200 or (712) 233-3939.

Prerequisites to file electronic filing:

  1. A pdf compatible word processing program-Word or Word Perfect.
  2. Adobe Acrobat Software 4.0 or later (Acrobat Reader & Acrobat Writer) to convert documents from word processing format to PDF.
  3. A scanner either attached or networked to the computer intende for CM/ECF use.
  4. A PACER login and password (see below)

To register for ECF:

  • If you do not have a PACER account, you must first apply for one. 
    • Go to,
    • Click on Manage Your Account,
    • Click on Register for an Account,
    • Click on Non-Attorney Filers, and
    • Click on Register for a PACER Account. 
    • Enter your Non-Attorney E-File Registration information (see job aid below for more information).
  • If you have a PACER account, go to
    • Click on Manage My Account Login,
    • Click the Log in to Manage my Account,
    • Enter your PACER login and password and Click Login,
    • Click the Maintenance tab, and
    • Click on Non-Attorney E-File Registration.

Click here for job aid on How to Register to E-File as a Limited (Non-Attorney) Filer


Frequently Asked Questions:

Click here for Creditor FAQs


  • Allows you to create and amend a Proof of Claim in any chapter.
  • Allows you to file a Rule 3002 Supplement (Notice of Mortgage Payment Change, Notice of Postpetition Fees, Expenses, and Charge, or Response to Notice of Final Cure Payment) whether or not a claim has been filed.
  • Produces the Official Form 410 (Proof of Claim) and permits supporting documents to be attached.
  • Electronically files the claim with the court.
  • Provides you with the assigned claim number and the final claim form, which may be printed or electronically saved.

Click here for more information regarding ePOC