Filing & Fees

Filing & Service Fees

Effective January 1, 2019, this schedule of Filing and Service Fees for Civil and Family Cases (PDF) separates the fees for filing of pleadings, issuance of citations, notices and writs, and the service of process. To determine the amount of cost, please calculate the total fee as follows:

Applicable Filing Fee + Process Fee or Issuance Fee + Service Fee = Total Fee

For more information, please review the Local Rules for Civil Courts (PDF).

Civil Filing With Fees

Civil pleadings, such as petition, cross-actions, counterclaim's, etc. may be filed in the Civil Intake Section at:
501 Washington Avenue, 
Suite 300 Courthouse Annex
Waco, TX 76701

These type pleadings have fees to be receipted for at time of filing. Office hours are from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. between Monday - Friday. Entry to the Courthouse Annex is through the main courthouse at 501 Washington Avenue on the ground floor.

Claims of Indigency for Civil Filings

If you claim that you are unable to pay court costs, you may file an Affidavit of Indigency (PDF) and ask the Court to allow you not to pay court costs. The District Clerk's office will review your affidavit, and may challenge your claim of indigency.  You may call Dana Shane at 254-759-7550 for questions with your Paupers Oath.

Indigency only permits you to avoid paying court costs. It does not entitle you to other free services such as copies or records searches.

Filing Civil/Family Case Information After Hours

You may file after hours by fax filing or e-filing. For fax filing the date of filing will be the date on the fax. For e-filing the local rules for e-filing must be followed.

Fax Filing

The District Clerk's Office is pleased to provide fax filing and offers you the following information so that you may take advantage of this service. The Civil Intake fax number for fax filing Civil Court Cases is 254-757-5060.

Pursuant to Texas Government Codes 51.803 and 51.807, the District Clerk's Office is authorized to accept any document by fax that might be filed in a court action, except returns of service on issuances, bonds, and signed orders or judgments. The fax filing fee for incoming faxes is $1 per page. In addition to the fax filing fees you must also pay any filing fee associated with the document filed. Upon your request, the District Clerk's Office will make copies of documents at a cost of $1 per page. This will be helpful when a copy of a document is required for citation.

Payment for fax filings may only be made with a credit card. For payments less than $50, our provider adds a $1 charge; above $50 the fee is 2.85% of the total amount per credit card transaction. If you need further assistance on fax filing with the District Clerk's Office, please contact 254-757-5057 for civil filing questions.