New York State Unified Court System
NYSCEF - Supreme & Court of Claims (Live System)

NYSCEF Requirements

The following requirements are for accessing the NYSCEF website and to view PDF Documents in NYSCEF.

  1. Hardware and Software Requirements
    1. Internet Browser Software such as Google Chrome (version 15 or higher), Mozilla Firefox (version 4 or higher), Apple Safari (version 4 or higher), or Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 7 or higher). The NYSCEF system uses 128-bit encryption to provide you with the highest level of internet security available. To access this site, your browser must support 128-bit encryption and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) version 2.0 protocol.
    2. Adobe Reader ® or equivalent software to view PDF documents. PDF reader software is free and downloadable from various web-sites. If you don't have the latest version of Adobe Reader ®, Download Adobe Reader now.
    3. Access to a scanner to create images of non-computerized documents such as exhibits.
  2. Document Submission Requirements
    1. PDF/A
      NYSCEF requires that all e-filed documents conform to PDF/A specifications. NYSCEF will not accept documents that contain open action tags or javascript. If these specifications are not met, those documents may not be accepted.
    2. Text Searchable
      All PDF documents generated from an original word processing file must be text-searchable and compatible with the latest version of Adobe Reader ®.
      1. Documents created using most modern word processing applications, such as Word, WordPefect and OpenOffice, may be converted to an acceptable PDF format by using an export "save as", or "publish to PDF" function. All of the text in these documents should be searchable in the PDF.

        Third-party software is available to convert documents from a word processor format to PDF. There are several of these PDF writer/conversion programs available. You may wish to do an internet search to find a program suitable for your needs.
      2. If a document has any images that contain text, those images may not be searchable. Most document scanners have the ability to scan directly to PDF, and many of them have integrated packages that can make the document text searchable.

        If you have a scanned PDF that is not searchable, there are several third party software packages that can make your PDF searchable. You may wish to do an internet search to find a program suitable for your needs.
    3. Security
      Documents should not be password-protected or encrypted; documents which include these features violates PDF/A specification compliance.

      All documents submitted through NYSCEF, including those marked "secure", will be available for public inspection at the courthouse unless sealed by court order.
    4. Format
      Documents submitted via NYSCEF must have one-inch margins at the top, bottom, right and left sides (see Uniform Rule 202.5(a)). The top margin is particularly important to allow space for the addition of County Clerk and NYSCEF filing stamps.
Filing E-mail: EFile@nycourts.gov Phone: (646) 386-3033 Fax: (212) 401-9146