To create an account to be able to e-file your court papers, you need an email address.
There are a lot of free email providers where you can send and receive messages. They are web-based which means you don't need to own a computer, but you do need access to a smartphone or a computer. If you don't have easy access to a computer, you can try your local library. Or check our list of free legal self-help centers for a location that has a computer or a scanner near you.
Here is the information you will need:
- First Name
- Last Name
- Username - this is the same as your email address. Choose something you like and will be easy for you to remember.
If you've never had an email address, there are a few free options for you to get started.
- Mail.com www.mail.com use the link that says “Free sign up” (does not require a phone number)
- Gmail: www.gmail.com use the link that says "Create an Account."
- Outlook: www.outlook.com use the link that says "Sign up."
- Yahoo Mail: www.mail.yahoo.com use the link that says "Sign up."
Step 1: Username
This will be your email address (if the username you chose is already taken, try adding a number to the end)
Step 2: Password
Select a password and write it down - 8 characters or more without any spaces (it should be easy to remember, but do not use the word "password" as your password it is not safe)
Step 3: Confirm Password
Confirm your password by typing the exact same password again.
- Add your birthday
- Add your gender - if you do not want to answer this question, select 'prefer not to say'
- Mobile phone number - this is a security measure if you ever get locked out of your email. If you do not have a mobile phone number, you can create an email address on Mail.com.
TIP: You should check your email every few days. Your email is how you will check the filing status of your case. The circuit clerk will use your email to notify you about your case, including hearings, and receipts of delivery.
Updated: June 2018