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Annual Admission Fee

Annual Admission Fee

Pursuant to Administrative Order 18-AO-0005-P dated August 8, 2018, the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa no longer require biennial continuing legal education (CLE) reporting.

To remain in good standing, each attorney is required to pay an annual admission fee of $25 to each district where they are admitted. The annual fee is due by March 1st of each year. See Local Rule 83(c)(4).

Instructions to pay the annual renewal fee in ECF:

  1. Go to the web page for the appropriate district you are renewing admission for and log in to the CM/ECF system:

           Northern District:

           Southern District:

***Note: The Northern and Southern Districts have separate filing systems. You must login to the respective district of admission. If you are admitted to both districts, you must login and pay fees to both districts. If you have trouble logging in, use the password reset link on the login screen. If you do not know your username or the primary email address linked to the account, contact the Clerk’s Office to reset your password:  Northern District: (319) 286-2300 or (712) 233-3900 or Southern District: (515) 284-6388. Each attorney must pay the fee using their own CM/ECF login and password. An attorney cannot login and pay the fee for another attorney.  Multiple attorneys cannot pay in one filing.  

  1. On the blue menu bar at the top click: 

  • Civil
  • Annual Admission Fee
  • On the next screen click 'Annual Admission Fee'
  • Click 'Next'
  • Click 'Next'
  • Answer 'Yes' or 'No'; click 'Next'
  • Review your CM/ECF account information, update if necessary, click 'Next'
  • Click 'Next'
  • Click 'Next' to continue to payment screen in in  ***Do not click the back button.***              
  1. The Notice of Electronic Filing will appear. You should print this for your records. You will not receive an email confirmation of this filing, but you will receive a receipt from