Application to Have the Filing Fee Waived
Last Updated: July 31, 2019

28 U.S.C. 1930(f)
Fed. R. Bank. P. 1006

Official Form 103B

Event: Bankruptcy > Motions/Applications > Waive Filing Fee (Bankruptcy Case)


In lieu of paying the filing fee or filing an installment application, an individual chapter 7 debtor may file an Application to Have the Filing Fee Waived along with the bankruptcy petition. The application must conform substantially to Official Form 103B. 

The bankruptcy court may waive the chapter 7 filing fee for an individual debtor who: (a) has income less than 150 percent of the Poverty Guidelines last published by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) applicable to a family of the size involved; and (b) is unable to pay that fee in installments.

Filing Requirements:

  • Application to Have the Filing Fee Waived (Official Form 103B)

    Note: Application must be fully completed. Part 3 may be left blank IF Schedule A/B is complete and attached.

To File Electronically:

  1. Log into CM/ECF.

  2. Select [Bankruptcy >  Motions/Applications].

  3. Enter the case number (e.g, xx-xxxxx).

  4. Select [Waive Filing Fee (Bankruptcy Case)] from the event list.

  5. Select the party filer.

  6. Browse to select the Application to Have the Filing Fee Waived (.pdf file).

  7. Modify the text as appropriate.

  8. Verify the final docket text; if correct, click [Next] to submit your document(s).

    Note: The Notice of Electronic Filing displays giving you the document number. Copies of this notice are immediately e-mailed to all participants who receive electronic notification in the case.