Introduction to Pay.gov
|Effective January 9, 2012, the Northern District of California will accept online credit card payments, via CM/ECF, for the filing fees associated with pro hac vice applications and civil notices of appeal. The Pay.gov payment module allows registered CM/ECF users to pay fees by credit card during electronic filing. Users are advised to read the Pay.gov information page (here), as well as General Order 68 which describes the policy for refunding erroneously paid fess.|
The new Pay.gov module in CM/ECF allows e-filers to pay filing fees by credit card over the internet.
Currently, Pay.gov may be used to pay the following types of filing fees:
How to use Pay.gov
Users will be automatically directed through the internet payment process when e-filing a document that features the Pay.Gov payment option.
Users will be presented with a payment information screen that requests the "account holder name" (i.e., the name on the credit card), address and credit card information (see Figure 1). The account holder's name, address and zip code will be automatically populated with the e-filer's CM/ECF account information, which can be found in the CM/ECF menu under Utilities > Maintain Your ECF Account. The payment amount field will be automatically populated with the applicable fee.
Once online payment of the filing fee has been successfully completed, users will be automatically returned to CM/ECF to complete the e-filing process.
Clicking the "Continue with Plastic Card Payment" button presents the user with a summary screen (Figure 2).
In order to receive a receipt for payment of the filing fee, users must enter a valid email address on this screen. This email receipt (see figure 3) will have Pay.Gov tracking ID number and Agency Tracking ID/receipt that the Court may need to identify the transaction should a problem arise or if a refund is requested.
After carefully review the payment information to ensure that it is correct, check the authorization box and click the "Submit Payment" button. Users will be automatically returned to the CM/ECF to complete their filing. Prior to charges being made, users will be prompted with the following notice:
After which, the Transaction Summary will be displayed:
Online payments of fees using Pay.gov may be reviewed using the Internet Payment History option in the CM/ECF Utilities Menu.
requests are governed by General Order 68. An application for refund may
be submitted via CM/ECF using the event found under:
[ Link to GO 68 and refund form ]
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