On December 1, 2003 Congress enacted the Privacy Act of 2003 which protects the display, sale or purchase of social security numbrs and/or any personal identifying information that could lead to fraud or identify theft.
To obtain bankruptcy records for a case filed prior to December 1, 2003 and has been closed for more than 1 year, you may do either of the following:
- Contact the attorney who represented you in the bankruptcy proceeding. The attorney is required by law pursuant to Local Bankruptcy Rule 5005-4 (7)to retain any documents that require original signatures for four years after the closing of the case. Please note that the attorney may charge a fee.
- Contact the Clerk’s office in writing to request a copy of your records. If you are unsure what documents you need and how many pages there are, you may contact the case administrator assigned your case number by clicking on the following link (case assignment link) There is a $30.00 record search fee plus $.50 per page copy charge. The fees may be submitted by certified funds or money order to:
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Eastern District of North Carolina
P.O. Box 791
Raleigh, NC 27602
Bankruptcy records for cases filed on or after December 1, 2003, may be accessed by doing the following:
- Go to the PACER and register for a login and password.
- Once registered, go back to the court's website and click on CM/ECF Filing.
- Click the link Eastern District of North Carolina - Document Filing System and login.
- Once logged in, search for a case by going to Query. The search fields include name, case number or social security number.
- Fill in the applicable field(s) and click Run Query.
- If the search returns more than one case, select the case you wish to view from the list.
- To print documents from the case, click on the Docket Report link, click Run Report and select the documents you desire.
Note: A access fee of $0.10 per page or $3.00 per document with an audio attachment will be assessed for access to this service.