What is the fee to file a Chapter 13 petition?

The filing fee for a Chapter 13 petition is $281.  The court does not accept cash or personal checks. EXCEPTION: Attorneys may pay by personal check bearing Esquire, Attorney at Law or any other designation that identifies you as an attorney.  Payment may be made by money order, certified check or bank check.  Payments must be made payable to the Clerk, United States Bankruptcy Court.  The court will also accept credit cards previously approved by the court.  A Credit Card Payment form must be completed and attached to the pleading you are filing if filing conventionally.

If the full filing fee cannot be paid at the time the petition is filed, individual Chapter 13 debtors may apply for an installment schedule.

To pay the filing fee in installments, file Form 3A Application to Pay Filing Fee in Installments.  Debtors can make up to four installment payments.  The final installment must be made within 120 days after the petition is filed.  If the debtor fails to pay any installment when due, the case may be dismissed and the debtor will not receive a discharge of debts. 

E:FILING GUIDANCE:  (1) E:Filing attorneys must pay by credit card via the internet.  (2) If you are requesting an installment schedule, e:file Form 3A using the Pay Filing Fees in Installments event located in the Motions/Application category.  Click here for docketing instructions.

Click here for the complete Fee Schedule