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Electronic Filing and Service

The Denton County District Clerk has been accepting documents by e-filing for several years. E-filing has been permissive but as of January 1, 2014 it will be mandatory for attorneys to e-file on all civil and family cases in Denton County. This is pursuant to Supreme Court Order 13-9165. See the links below on this page for training opportunities. E-filing guides and other helpful information are also available at www.efiletexas.gov.

Need an Electronic Filing Service Provider (EFSP)? See the EFSP comparison table

District Clerk Business Process Definitions Adobe Acrobat File

Requesting Issuances through e-Filing

There are five (5) forms available below which will need to be used when requesting any type of issuance to be completed by the Denton County District Clerk.

Pease select the form which fits your request.

v  Efiling Request for Issuance of a Process Adobe Acrobat File

v  Efiing Request for Abstract of Judgment &/or Execution Adobe Acrobat File

v  Efiling Request for Order of Sale Adobe Acrobat File

v  Efiling Request for Issuance of an Order Withholding to Employer Adobe Acrobat File

v  Efiling Request for Subpoena Adobe Acrobat File

When requesting issuances through the e-filing system:

  • The request form MUST be a separate lead document (it is not an exhibit to another document, so please do not add it as an attachment to another lead document)

  • Select the Filing Code: "Request for Issuance of"

  • Select the correct Issuance Fee under "Optional Services"

  • If requesting issuances to be served by Certified mail or through the Denton County Constable or Sheriff, the fees for a copy of the Pleading to be served NEED to be paid. Select “Copy(ies) for Service ($1 per page

  • If a Denton County Constable or Sheriff is to serve the issuance, please select the appropriate service fee under Optional Services

  • Upload the "Request for Issuance form" and DO NOT attach the pleading to be served

  • Complete the efiling submission

Most Common User Questions

1.       Do I have to efile?  Yes, with very limited exceptions.  E-filing is mandated for almost all documents filed by attorneys.  Exceptions are listed in the Supreme Court rules.

2.       Do I have to use an Electronic Filing Service Provider (EFSP)?  No, you may file directly through TexFile but the EFSP′s may offer additional services which might interest you.

3.       eService: You must sign up to receive eService on each case individually. eFiling into a case or being the attorney of record does not mean you have signed up for eService.

4.       What if I am filing a case with an Affidavit of Indigency? Or I have been court appointed to represent a litigant?  How are the fees handled?  You will have a "waiver" option for those instances where you are not required to make a payment.

5.       May I include more than one document for filing per submission? Yes. Texas.gov only allowed one document to be file-marked per submission.  TexFile will allow multiple documents (same cause number) for file-marking per submission.

6.       My document has two cause numbers listed.  Do I need to submit the document twice? Yes. Once for each cause number listed on the document.

7.       My motion needs the hearing date and time entered.  How is that completed?  It will not be.  When accepted, your document is entered directly into the Case Management System and may not be altered.  Your Notice of Hearing will need to be a separate e-filed submission.

8.       How do I submit proposed orders?  The District Clerk has made "Proposed Order" as a filing code so you will need to select it.  Your submission will be rejected with a reason "Printed for submission to Court". If signed by the Court the clerk will either fax or email the signed order to you. This business process may possibly change so please check back for any updates.

9.       There is not a "filing code" which fits my document title exactly. What do I choose?  Search by the keyword of your document.  Ex: Motion, Petition, Request, Affidavit, Certificate, etc. The clerk will modify your selection to reflect the closest title match for entry into the case management system.

10.     What if I am not sure if my document requires a filing fee?  Please call the clerk prior to your submission. A "hold" is placed on the total funds at the time of submission.  Although the clerk may have the authority to add additional fees, the amount is not guaranteed therefore your submission will probably be rejected.

11.    I filed a new case through TexFile.  Why does my acceptance email show a cause number of "NewSuit-####"?  TexFile requires our case management system to automatically assign cause numbers and judges.  We currently manually assign cause numbers and courts because our case file binders are pre-numbered and sorted (pursuant to directions provided by the Administrative Judge).  We will continue to manually assign cause numbers and courts until the end of 2013.  In the meantime, TexFile will show in your acceptance email a "temporary" cause number with the correct number added to the document itself.  Upon our acceptance of a new case, we will immediately correct the cause number and court to match our pre-numbered case file.  The correct cause number will be show on your document and will also be included in the comment field on your acceptance email.  The correct number will replace the temporary number in TexFile and will be available for subsequent filings.

eFile Support

Technical Support: 855-839-3453 or

District Clerk Support:  940-349-2200

Training and User Guides for TexFile are available at www.efiletexas.gov

Selection Lists

  • Civil case types Adobe Acrobat File
  • Family case types Adobe Acrobat File


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