To place a copy order for paper documents in a closed case accessed for storage at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Philadelphia Records Center, 14700 Townsend Road, Philadelphia 19154, or a permanent case record on file with NARA Archives at Philadelphia, 14700 Townsend Road, Philadelphia 19154 (formerly center-city Philadelphia), please review the following:
1. PLACING A COPY ORDER DIRECTLY WITH THE RECORDS CENTER:
When the case number you are searching for includes an “Accession Number”, you may place your copy order directly with the Philadelphia Records Center, (215) 305-2000. First, check the applicable list of CIVIL or CRIMINAL cases (please read the notes) in order to obtain the ACCESSION information, which is required when submitting your request to the storage facility. If you don't find accession information for the case in question, try looking up the case in PACER, under QUERY, CASE FILE LOCATION. Contact the Clerk’s Office Help Desk if you need further assistance determining the location or status of a case file. Once you have the accession, box and location numbers, complete the applicable NARA civil or criminal copy order form and follow their instructions. The NARA forms provide information and instructions on how to obtain copies of accessed paper records from the Federal Records Center.
NARA Records Center copy forms:
2. PLACING A COPY ORDER DIRECTLY WITH THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES
Check the applicable CIVIL or CRIMINAL case listings. When the case number you are searching for does not contain an accession number, and the word “ARCHIVE” appears, you may contact the NARA Archives at Philadelphia, at (215) 305-2044, and place your copy order directly with them. Copy orders for case documents located at the Archive at Philadelphia, may only be obtained by placing your order directly with them. If necessary, contact our Clerk’s Office Help Desk (302) 573-6170, for further assistance determining the location or status of a specific case file. Additional contact information for NARA and NARA, Philadelphia:
3. PLACING A COPY ORDER VIA THE DISTRICT COURT HELP DESK
For cases currently accessed to the Federal Records Center (FRC), you may also place your order with the Clerk's Office Help Desk, at (302) 573-6170. The current retrieval fee is $64.00 for the first box per case, and $39.00 for each additional box containing the same case. Electronic retrieval of records is also available from the FRC. The costs for electronic record retrieval of records is a flat rate of $19.90 plus a FRC per-page of $.65. The fees must be paid in advance, check payable to CLERK, U.S. DISTRICT COURT. It takes approximately 7-14 days for a case to arrive by mail. We will contact you upon receipt of the case, then allow you to view the case documents and place a copy order if desired, at the rate of $.50 per page. When requested, a certified copy (court seal and signature of a deputy clerk) may be obtained for an additional fee of $11.00.