Self-Registration Instructions for Special Mailing Groups
These instructions are for members of the press and public who would like to receive Notifications of Electronic Filing (NEFs) in a particular case as part of a Special Mailing Group (SMG). These instructions are not for attorneys of record or for pro se (self-represented) parties in a case.
In order to receive NEFs as part of a Special Mailing Group, you will need to have a PACER account. To create a PACER account, please visit: https://pacer.uscourts.gov/.
After you have created a PACER account, go to the above link and click on the “Log in to…” link on the top right corner of the page. After clicking the link, you will see three boxes. Choose the box that says, “Manage PACER Account.”
After you have entered your login, you should see tabs below your account information. Click on the tab that says “Maintenance.”
Choose the hyperlink that says, “Non-Attorney E-File Registration.”
Choose court type as “U.S. District Courts.”
Choose court as “California Northern District Court.”
Choose role in court as “Party.”
Be sure to check the acknowledgement box.
Review your information to make sure it is correct.
Under “Additional Filer Information,” in the box that says “Other Names Used,” type “SMG” (no quotation marks).
Choose your preferred delivery method and format for receiving notices of filing.
Review the information on the following screen, then click “next.”
Review the information on the following screen, click the boxes to acknowledge that you have read the information, then click submit.
Please wait for confirmation from the ECF Helpdesk that your application has been processed.