Electronic Document Filing
A filer electronically files documents to the Florida Courts eFiling Portal at www.myflcourtaccess.com. The filing is electronically delivered to the Clerk's inbox. A filing is considered received by the Clerk upon transmission from the portal to the Clerk's inbox. The Clerk then reviews the filing and either accepts it or pends the filing for corrections. If the filing is pended, the filer is required to submit corrections within 5 days. If accepted by the Clerk, the filing will be docketed and appear in the Clerk’s case maintenance system. You will receive notice of the Clerk’s action by electronic mail from the portal. If you have any other questions related to the processing of your filing by the Clerk please send an email to eFiling@browardclerk.org. The case type and 'reference number' must be included in the subject line.
eFiling is mandated for attorneys effective April 1, 2013. This includes filings for new and existing cases in Circuit Civil, County Civil, Family, Domestic Violence, Probate, Guardianship and certain Mental Health cases.
The Florida Courts eFiling Portal, developed by the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers Services Group has been identified as the statewide eFiling portal. New users may register at www.myflcourtaccess.com.
To establish an ePortal account for your law firm, designate someone from within your law firm to serve as the Account Administrator, fill out the ePortal Law Firm Registration Form (please print clearly or type) and submit the competed form to LawFirmRegistration@browardclerk.org. Once the account has been established the designated Account Administrator will receive an email response with the ePortal login information. The Law Firm Administrator access will allow the user to update the firm's account, reset firm's user password, inactivate attorney accounts and add additional attorney accounts to the firm. A law firm should consider having an alternate administrator to cover leave time, self audit and manage workload. There is no need to set up individual ePortal Law Firm accounts with every county.
An out-of-state attorney who has filed a Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice and sent a copy of the motion to the Florida Bar, they will be assigned a PHV number that can be used to register with the Portal. Click here for additional information.
The only requirement is an internet connection and a browser. Results may vary depending on the browser used.
Please review Broward Clerk's eFiling Training Guide for a quick tutorial. Upon registering on the ePortal Account Registration page, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the Filer Documentation link. This material and training videos are also available on the eFiling Authority Board's website. Information on local and state eFiling rules, training and other specifics are also on the 17th Judicial Circuit eFiling page.
The entry screen includes separate boxes for entry of discrete parts of the case number that, will then be combined to produce the standardized Florida Uniform Case Number (UCN). Case year must be a valid 4 digit Year (example 2012). Sequence # must be 6 Digits or less. No leading zeros are needed (example 412). Court types will populate after selecting the division.
In Broward County, the Probate Division does not use ‘GA’ Guardianship as a Court Type. If your case number begins with PR then select the Court Type ‘CP’ Probate/Guardianship; otherwise, select ‘MH’ for Mental Health.
The use of Probate and Guardianship Smart Forms is required for certain filing types and the forms are provided by the 17th Judicial Circuit Court at www.17th.flcourts.org. As new forms are available they will be posted on the 17th Judicial Circuit Court website. If you are filing a pleading that has an associated smart form, the Clerk will not accept any other document. The Probate Smart Forms require a format with no dashes, e.g. PRC040001234. The forms are hardcoded to only allow 12 characters. For questions or comments about the required forms please send them to email@example.com
For County Civil your selection will be ‘CC’ for County Civil. Broward does not use the 'SP' for the Small Claims format.
Party Identifier and Branch Location are optional fields and if provided must be 2 characters which equate to the characters in positions 19-20 in the UCN format. The case number placed on the actual document will not change.
If you have verified you have the correct case number, click "OK" on the warning message.
The parties will display. If you still cannot verify your case or party information on the portal, you may be filing your case in a case type that is confidential or the case may be unavailable in portal’s database. On confidential cases, no case style or parties will display. If your filing has fees associated with it, you will not be able to select the party to file on behalf of and will have to submit the filing by traditional paper method with a filing fee. Newly eFiled cases will not be recognized in the portal until the next business day following the clerk’s acceptance.
Under Court rules, all filings associated with one pleading or paper are one document. Attachments must be included as one document and not uploaded separately. Each document, upon acceptance, will be time stamped and added to the case progress docket. If a document exceeds 25 MB, it must be broken in parts and filed in separate transactions as an addendum with a memo or cover sheet indicating that it is a continuation of the other filing. If this is for a new case filing, wait to get your case number before filing the addendum on that case.
Probate/Mental Health: For eFilings in the Probate division, attach unsigned proposed orders to the motion.
Circuit or County Civil and Family: For filings in Circuit or County Civil and Family divisions, send proposed orders directly to the judge. The Clerk will not send proposed orders in these Civil/Family divisions to the judge. Proposed orders attached to other documents will be placed in the case file unsigned.
Summons, writs, subpoenas and other documents that are issued by the clerk should be eFiled. Choose the appropriate Document Group type from the dropdown list, then choose the apppropriate Document Type for that group. The associated issuance fees will be automatically calculated. The clerk will electronically affix the required stamps, seals and signatures. The electronically issued documents will be returned to the filer via email notification and will be sent to all email accounts as registered in the portal.
It is the filer's responsibility to supply copies, as required for service, to their process server of choice. No service fees will be collected via the portal at this time. No issued documents will be forwarded to the sheriff or other process servers.
Circuit or County Civil and Family: Requests for services such as copies of pleadings, certified or exemplified copies, record searches, Notice of Actions, Certificate of Mailing on Removal of Tenant Actions per FS 83.22(2); bonds, rent or any other court ordered monies to be deposited into the Court Registry must be manually submitted. In addition, Emergency Motions that require immediate judicial review must also be submitted manually.
AOSC11-399 provides for acceptance by the Clerk of electronic documents greater than 25 megabytes in size, which may be submitted on an electronic storage device, such as CD-ROM. All scanned documents submitted on CD must meet the standards for electronic documents and be scanned 8 1/2" x 11", in black and white, and at 300 dpi.
Probate Mental Health: Emergency motions that require immediate Judicial review, should be eFiled. The attorney should contact the department with the filing reference number to expedite the filing due to the emergency nature of the filing.
Pursuant to rules and administrative orders redaction of personal identifying information is required on all documents that will be included in a publicly available file.
When filing a Notice of Confidential Information as required by Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.420, it must be filed as a separate document in the transaction.
All cases meeting criteria for filing in complex business and tort – per Administrative Order 2013-11-Civ – must file a "Notice of Intent to File in Complex Business & Tort Division" along with their New case eFiling. Please note that Existing cases will require a court order for them to be deemed complex.
Follow-up paper filing is not required for eFiling. Certain documents have to be deposited in their original format, such as Wills, Death Certificates, affidavits, deeds and mortgages.
No. Each document electronically filed must be submitted as individual transactions. If cases are not officially consolidated by court order with other cases, any document applying in several cases must be filed in each case. If a case is consolidated with others by court order, then a document can be filed in the lead case. The pleading must indicate that it is a consolidated case and include the consolidated case number.
Yes, you may upload several lead documents for the same case number during the eFiling process, not to exceed 25 MB. Each lead document filed is considered a separate transaction and, once accepted, an entry is made on the progress docket of the case. Do not combine multiple pleadings within the same document type.
Pursuant to Florida Supreme Court order, fees cannot be charged for eFiling; only statutorily mandated filing fees can be charged. Filing fees are paid by credit card or electronic withdrawal from a bank account. The Portal will charge a bank transaction or credit card processing fee for the transaction value as cost recovery, as noted on the financial transaction page in the Portal. There is also an option to request a fee waiver on the payment screen. Please note: the credit card or bank account is not charged for the filing until the Clerk accepts the filing. Rejected (Pending Queue) filings are not assessed any fees.
You may either scan the originally signed document or place a '/s/' with the name typed next to it in the signature portion of the document prior to eFiling it. You must maintain the originally signed documents in your files for a prescribed period of time. Please refer to the 17th Judicial Circuit Administrative Order Establishing Electronic Filing Procedure for more information.
Additional information can be found on the Broward Clerk's website Quick Links. Information will be updated as eFiling starts in additional divisions. The Clerk of Court staff is not able to give assistance with ePortal related issues and inquiries. Attorneys may contact the eFiling Portal via the support link on their website or call the eFiling Portal Support Desk at 850-577-4609. If you have questions or feedback about eFiling with the statewide portal please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Documents should be a standard size of 8 ½ X 11 inches as defined in RJA 2.520. Black and white, non-color documents are recommended. Scanned documents should be at a resolution of 300 DPI as defined in the State of Florida Electronic Records and Records Management Practices.