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If you are filing through an Electronic Filing Service Provider (EFSP) other than eFile.TXCourts.gov, please visit https://efile.txcourts.gov/, for instructions/FAQs.

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What if my Sensitive Data is required by Statute to be included?
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View a listing of data required to be redacted according to Rule 21c(a) - (page 6). If e-filed, select the Filing Code “Sensitive Data Document”. Upon acceptance, the clerk will change the Filing Code to the appropriate code and redact the Sensitive Data prior to making the document public.

Note: The filer is only to choose this filing code if the document is a non-fee filing.
**In addition, if the document requires a fee to be paid; the filer must select the proper filing code and pay the appropriate fee(s). The filer should make reference in the comment field that the filing is being filed pursuant to Rule 21c(d), designating the document as containing sensitive data when the document is electronically filed, so that the filing is accepted and handled accordingly.

EXAMPLE: Sensitive Data Document - Filing

Sensitive Data required by Statute

** EXAMPLE: Sensitive Data Document - Fee Filing

Sensitive Data required by Statute

What types of media players are supported by eFileTexas.gov?
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According to the Technology Standards Set By the Judicial Committee on Information Technology (JCIT), the following media players are supported: QuickTIme (Apple), VLC media player (VideoLAN Organization), and Windows media player (Microsoft). Specific audio/video formats can be found on each media player’s website.

How do I set up a waiver account for criminal e-filing?
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If you already have a waiver account established for civil, this account can also be used for criminal e-filings. If not the user must create one.

How do I set up a waiver account for criminal e-filing?

How do I file a subsequent criminal filing into an existing case?
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E-File subsequent Criminal filings by selecting Fort Bend County – District Clerk – Criminal as your location and by typing the case number (i.e. 15-DCR-062841).

How do I file a subsequent criminal filing into an existing case?

How do I file identical documents into multiple criminal cases?
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Each document will need to be e-filed into each case separately.

How do I file identical documents into multiple criminal cases?

How do I file a Motion with a Proposed Order attached?
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File the Motion by using filing code Motion and under the same envelope add another filing code by using filing code Proposed Order. See Example Below.

How do I file a Motion with a Proposed Order attached?

How do I file  a Motion with a Proposed Order attached?

How Do I file a Motion and Order that is on the same page?
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Use filing code Motion and the Filing Description and Filing Comments will have the title of the document followed by with Proposed Order in Proper case Type. See example below.

How Do I file a Motion and Order that is on the same page?

Which Filing Code do I use for my document?
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Once the correct Filing Code is determined, the title of the document will go in the Filing Description and Filing Comments in Proper Case Type format. If the document has an attached Order it will be filed separately as a Proposed Order in the same envelope. See below examples.

Filing Code Document Examples
Affidavit Affidavit of Surety to Surrender
Affidavit Filings
Amended Filing Any Amended Filing
Answer/Contest/Response/Waiver Answer/Contest/Response to any document filed
Any Waivers
Application Applications for Subpoenas, Bench Warrants, Probation
Any Application Filings
Copy Request Any Filing Requesting Copies
Election as to Punishment Election as to Punishment
Letters Any letters
Cover Letters
Motion Any Filing that is a Motion (some exceptions apply)
Motion to Revoke Probation/Adjudicate Guilt Motion to Adjudicate Guilt and Motion to Revoke Probation
Notice Any Filing that is a Notice
Notice of Appeal Notice of Appeal
Officers Return Capias, Subpoenas, Bench Warrants, Precepts, or Summons
Other Proceedings Filed If no Filing Code can be found for the document
Proposed Order Any Order that needs to be signed by the Judge
Psychological Evaluations/Mental Evaluations/Social Study Psychological Evaluations
Report/Return Probation Violation Reports
Amended Violation Reports (type the title in the filing description and filing comments)
Request Any filing that is a Request
Writ of Habeas Corpus Pre-Judgment All Pre-Judgment Writs, any Motions to Reduce or Modify Bond Amounts, and any Motions to Modify Bond Conditions and/or bond restrictions
How do I file a new case in eFile.TXCourts.gov?
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Once you have logged in to eFile.TXCourts.gov, click on the link “NEW CASE” to open up the filing interface and proceed with a new case initiation. Once you have submitted your case you will receive a submission “Envelope."
What is an “Envelope”?
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An envelope is the filing or collection of filings pertaining to the same case in which you submit to the court at one time to be filed. It can be thought of as in the manner when you take an envelope of all your filings to the clerk’s office; or by mailing your filings to the clerk’s office in an envelope for a particular case.
What Internet browser is compatible with eFile.TXCourts.gov?
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Internet Explorer and Firefox are supported at this time by eFile.TXCourts.gov.
What if I am filing a case with an Affidavit of Indigency? How are the fees handled?
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You will choose the payment selection as provided by your EFSP for exempt filing fees (ex. Waiver). If a completed Affidavit of Indigency is not included, the filing will be returned for correction.
Can I file multiple documents in the same case? (ex. Motion and Unsigned Orders)
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Yes, multiple documents in the same case may be filed in one envelope. Each document must be submitted using the appropriate Filing Code and must have a "lead document" attached. (ex. Motion is a lead document, Unsigned Order is a lead document)
Do I need to enter a “filing description” for each document submitted?
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Yes, the entire pleading title must be entered under both "filing description" and "description" area found under lead document to ensure accuracy. The title should be typed in proper case.
Can I file one document for multiple (different) cases in one envelope?
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No, if a document needs to be filed in multiple cases, it must be e-filed in each case (separate envelopes).
What is Proper or Title case?
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In proper or title case, the first letters of all words are capitalized (except certain words such as - a, an, the, for, and, nor, but, yet, to, of or as) (ex. Motion for Summary Judgment).
There is not a filing code which fits my document title exactly. What filing code do I choose?
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Choose the code that is closest to our filing (ex. Motion, Petition, Request, Affidavit, Certificate, etc. or Filing as a last resort) and type the entire title of the document under both "filing description" and "description" area found under lead document using proper case to ensure accuracy. The clerk will modify your selection to reflect the proper entry into the case management system if necessary.
How do I file a document with an existing case number (ex. Motion to Modify, Original Answer, and Amended Petition)?
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Do not click on NEW CASE. You will need to select Fort Bend County – District Clerk and enter your case number. Then press Go. If you do not have a case number select Advanced Search to locate the case.

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What if I need service by a Fort Bend County Constable/Sheriff?
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While you are filing the pleading requiring service, add “Service-Fort Bend County Constable/Sheriff” under Optional Services and then enter the desired quantity. If service is required by one or multiple Constables, the clerk will make the necessary changes to reflect the appropriate Constable(s).

Service-Fort Bend County Constable/Sheriff

How do I know which Service-Fort Bend County Constable/Sheriff option to choose?
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The options are:

  • Service-Fort Bend County Constable/Sheriff-All Other ($65.00)
  • Service-Fort Bend County Constable/Sheriff-Order of Sale or Writ ($100.00)
  • Service-Fort Bend County Constable/Sheriff-Protective Order ($0.00)

***Do Not Use - X-(COURT USE ONLY) Service – Constable 1, 2, 3, or 4***

NOTE: Fees will increase effective January 1, 2014.

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