Filing Fees & Fee Waivers

Learn about the fees the court charges and how to request a waiver if you can't afford a filing fee.

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  • What is a filing fee?  When you file a document with the court, you may be required to pay a "filing fee." Whether you have to pay a fee – and the amount – depends on what type of case you are starting or what type of document you are filing.  You can find a list of all the filing fees in the Clark County District Court on the Clerk's Filing Fee Chart.
     
  • What if I can't afford the fee?  You can file a written request to the court asking the judge to waive your fee.  The judge reviews your request and can sign an order waiving your fees.  Fee waivers are granted if:
    -You receive public assistance; 
    -Your basic monthly expenses are more than your income; 
    -Your household income is less than 150% of the federal poverty level (check the current federal poverty levels for more info); or
    -You have another compelling reason.  

  • If my fee is waived, what is covered?  You will not be charged to file court documents for one year (you will have to reapply if you still need a waiver after a year).  You can also request the Clark County Sheriff to serve your documents to the other party locally for no charge by showing them a copy of your Fee Waiver Order.  If you need a court interpreter, one will be provided for free.  

  • Does a fee waiver let me get copies of court transcripts or videos of my hearing for free?  No.  You need to apply for a separate fee waiver if you want transcripts or videos and cannot afford the fee.  Follow the steps listed, but you'll need to use the forms listed at the bottom of the page.

 

Follow these steps to apply for a Fee Waiver:

Copy bw 1. Fill out the forms.  There are 2 forms you have to fill out (3 if you are doing a joint petition for divorce).

Clerk bw 2. File the application.  Turn in your completed application by mail or efiling. 

Online bw 3. Turn in the order to the judge. You must turn in your proposed Fee Waiver Order for the judge to review and sign. 

Learn more about each step below. 

 

Copy bw 1. Fill out the forms.  

AUTOMATED FORMS INTERVIEW AVAILABLE!

There is an automated interview available that will complete your Standard Fee Waiver forms for you after answering some questions.  To use the automated interview, visit the District Court Fee Waiver online interview.   It is best to use Chrome or Firefox (Safari is not recommended and not supported).  This interview does not work for guardianship fee waivers or joint petition for divorce fee waivers. 

At the end of the interview you will have to save your forms and then file them with the family court.

You must fill out an application and an order.  Choose one from the options below.  If you are not sure which one to use, use the "Standard" form. 

Application to Waive Filing Fee - required

Fill out one of the applications below that applies to the kind of case you have. 

Standard Application to Waive Filing Fee (pdf fillable)

Joint Petition for Divorce Application to Waive Filing Fee (pdf fillable) - both spouses must complete separate applications

Guardianship Application to Waive Filing Fee (pdf fillable)

 
Order to Waive Filing Fee - required

Again, fill out one of the orders below that applies to the kind of case you have.  

Standard Order to Waive Filing Fee (pdf fillable)

Joint Petition for Divorce Order to Waive Filing Fee (pdf fillable)

Guardianship Order to Waive Filing Fee (pdf fillable)

 

Clerk bw 2. File the application

File only the application.  Save the order for step 3 below.  You can file your application one of these ways:

  1. By Mail: Mail your forms to:

    Family Courts and Services Center
    Attn: Clerk of Court
    601 North Pecos Road
    Las Vegas, NV 89101

  2. Online: You can file online through the court's e-filing system, eFileNV. There is a fee of $3.50 to upload your documents.  You must register for an account, you must provide a valid email address, and you must be able to scan and upload your documents. 

  3. In person at the Family Courthouse (check our How to File page for hours and more information).

 

Online bw 3. Turn in the order to the judge.

*You can mail the order to 601 N. Pecos, Las Vegas, NV 89101, or you can email it to your assigned department.  If you want to email it, check the Department Letter assigned to your case, and email it to the correct email below:

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The judge will review your application, and if the judge approves of your request, the judge will sign your Fee Waiver Order. You will get a notice letting you know once the judge has reviewed it.

If it's denied, you cannot appeal it to a higher court.  You will have to pay the filing fee.


Fee Waivers for Transcripts/Videos 

If you want 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.  File the application, and email the order to your assigned department as explained in the steps above. 

Application to Waive Filing Fee – Transcript / Video (pdf)

Order to Waive Filing Fee – Transcript / Video (pdf)