Preparing a Fillable PDF Form for Filing in CM/ECF

Attorneys and other form preparers should perform the following steps to convert a fillable PDF form to a PDF file that can be uploaded into CM/ECF:

  • Download the fillable PDF form to your computer.
  • Open the PDF file saved to your computer.
  • Complete the form, then click "File", "Save".
  • Click "File", then click "Print".
  • Click the drop-down arrow to the right of the "Printer:" field and select "Adobe PDF".
  • Click the "Print" button.
  • In the "Save PDF File As" window, rename the PDF file, but keep the ".pdf" extension.
    • Example: if the name appearing in the "File name" field is "NameOfDebtor.pdf", change the name to "NameOfDebtor-FINAL.pdf".
    • If necessary, change the location the PDF file will be saved to, then click the "Save" button.

The resulting 'flattened' PDF file with then open, and can be closed.  It is the new, 'flattened' PDF file that should be filed in CM/ECF.