Who qualifies for the Certification for Good Cause Exemption from the E-filing?
- do not have internet or computer access at home and your only access is through a public terminal at a courthouse, library, or other location;
- have a disability that keeps you from e-filing;
- have trouble reading, writing or speaking in English;
- are incarcerated in a local jail or a correctional facility at the time of the filing;
- are filing a sensitive document, such as an order of protection or civil no contact/stalking order.
To file paper documents instead of e-filing, you can use our automated program to create your Certification for Exemption from E-filing form here. If you want to download and print a PDF version, visit the Illinois Courts Standardized State Forms website. Use Adobe Reader to fill in the PDF forms. You will need to file your Certification for Exemption From E-Filing with your other papers when starting a case. If you are filing in Cook County, you are allowed to paper file as an alternative to e-filing until June 30, 2018.
Updated: December 2017