Filing Fees & Fee Waivers
Learn about the fees the court charges and how those fees might be waived for people who cannot afford them.
When you start a court case or file a document with the court, you may be required to pay a fee to the court clerk, known as a "filing fee." Whether you have to pay a fee – and the amount of fee you are required to pay – depends on what type of case you are starting or what type of document you are filing.
All family court matters for Clark County, Nevada are filed in the Eighth Judicial District Court. For a complete list of filing fees in the Eighth Judicial District Court, click here.
If you cannot file your legal paperwork because you cannot afford to pay the filing fee, you can file an "Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis," also known as a "fee waiver application." This is a written request to the court to waive the filing fee. You must provide information about your employment, income, expenses, and assets in the application. If your application is granted, you can then file your paperwork without paying the normally required filing fees and certain other costs.
To submit a fee waiver application, prepare the appropriate application form and submit it to the court clerk, along with the other documents you need to file. You will also need to complete a proposed Order and submit that to the court with your documents. The court clerk will forward your fee application and proposed order to the judge for review. If the judge approves your application, the clerk will file the documents you submitted.
The court receives many requests for fee waivers. Because of the volume of requests received, it can take 2-3 weeks before you get a decision back from the court. Once the court has made a decision about your fee waiver request, the court will send the documents back to you in the mail.
A few things to know about fee waivers:
- Expiration of fee waiver. If granted, a fee waiver is only good for one year. If you need the court to waive additional filing fees after the order expires, you must reapply.
- Costs that are waived. If your fee waiver is granted, the charges assessed by the court clerk to start a case or file documents are waived. Additionally, the court may waive the costs for the sheriff to serve your documents. In the district court, there can be no charge for available court interpreters.
- Recovery of costs that are waived. If you have not paid any of the costs in your case because they were waived, you cannot try to recover costs at the end of your case. However, the court is required to make the losing party pay the prevailing party's waived court costs directly to the court within five days.
- Denial of fee waiver applications. If your fee waiver application is denied, you cannot appeal the denial to a higher court. You will have to pay the filing fee in order to file your documents.
If you are trying to waive the fee to file your answer to a complaint that was filed against you, your twenty-day period to answer is "tolled" (paused) from the time you submit your application until the time the judge makes a decision on your fee waiver application.
How To Apply For A Fee Waiver
There are different forms required depending on whether you are asking to waive the fee to file your own paperwork or if you are asking to waive the costs to obtain a transcript or video from a hearing. Download the correct fee waiver application form and order below. Be sure to submit your fee waiver application, fee waiver order, and all of the paperwork you are trying to file to the court.
STANDARD FEE WAIVER REQUESTS. These forms are for a person trying to waive the fee to file their own paperwork.
AUTOMATED FORMS INTERVIEW AVAILABLE!
There is an automated interview available that will complete your fee waiver forms for you after answering some questions. To use the automated interview, please click here and select the "District Court Fee Waiver" interview.
At the end of the interview you will have to print your forms and then file them with the family court.
If you are trying to waive the fee to file a Joint Petition for Divorce, BOTH SPOUSES must complete an application. The court cannot review the request to waive the fee without both applications.
REQUEST TO WAIVE FEE FOR TRANSCRIPTS AND VIDEOS. If you are trying to get a copy of a video or a transcript from your hearing but cannot afford the fees, you can complete the following application and order to ask for a waiver of those costs.