Court Fees

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  1. Filing a case for decision in district court
  2. Filing foreign judgment, petition of subsequent administration, statement registering trust, or foreign domestic violence protection order
  3. Filing small claims action
  4. Filing an answer
  5. Filing any matter authorized to be filed in office of clerk other than a case for decision
  6. Preparing, certifying, issuing, or transmitting any document
  7. Record Searches
  8. Court Forms
  9. Copies and Faxes
  10. Governmental Agencies
  11. Other Court Fees

Fee for filing a case for decision in district court

For filing for dissolution or reinstatement of corporation [Titles 6 and 10] $80 Civil Legal Service $15 
  Civil Filing Fee $65
For filing a petition for divorce, annulment or separation from bed and board [Title 14] $80 Civil Legal Service $15 
  Civil Filing Fee $15
  Displ. Homemaker $50
For filing a motion to modify an order for alimony, property division, child support, or child custody; for filing a stipulation to such a modification.  [27-05.2-03] $30 Motion to Modify $30
For filing a motion to modify for enforcement or modification of child visitation. No Fee  
For filing an application for domestic violence protection order [14-07.1-03(6)] No Fee  
For filing petition for disorderly conduct restraining order [12.1-31.2-01] $80 Civil Legal Service $15 
  Civil Filing Fee $65
For filing petition for disorderly conduct restraining order and proceeding seeks relief due to domestic violence [12.1-31.2-01(11) No Fee  
For filing an action for support of a child where there is no previous existing court order for support of the child [Chapter 14-08.1]  $80 Civil Legal Service $15 
  Civil Filing Fee $65
except where action is filed by state's attorney, regional child support enforcement unit, county social service board or  department of human services   [14-08.1-04] No Fee  
For filing UIFSA support order or action [14-12.2-25] No Fee  
For Registering a foreign child custody order [14-14.1-25] $10 Fees/County
For filing action for termination of parental rights [Chapter 14-17] $80 Civil Legal Service $15 
  Civil Filing Fee $65
except where action is part of adoption proceeding and filing fee for adoption has been paid or where action is part of juvenile proceedings [27-20-44] No Additional Fee  
For filing proceedings in domestic matters not otherwise provided for in I 2-6 [Title 14 - i.e., adoption, 14-15-09; determination of father/child relationship, 14-17-05] $80 Civil Legal Service $15 
  Civil Filing Fee $65
For filing appeal from decision of board of county commissioners [11-11-39]  $80 Civil Legal Service $15 
  Civil Filing Fee $65
except where decision involves taking of lands by a county for highway purposes [24-05-14] No Fee  
For filing appeal from decision of highway commissioner [Titles 24 and 39 - i.e.,  administrative driver license suspensions, revocations, or cancellations, 39-20-06]  $80 Civil Legal Service $15 
  Civil Filing Fee $65
except where decision involves taking of land by the state for highway purposes [24-01-25] No Fee  
For filing appeal from administrative traffic hearing officer's findings [39-06.1-03(5)] No Fee  
For filing appeal from municipal court [40-18-19] No Fee  
For filing appeal from denial of unemployment compensation benefits by Job Service Bureau [52-06-32] No Fee  
For filing appeal from decision of administrative agency, board, bureau, commission, state officer, or political subdivision not otherwise provided for in I 8-12 [Chapter 28-32 or other appellate review statutes - i.e., municipalities, 40-39-10; public service commission, 40-39-12; board of  massage therapists, 43-25-12; worker's compensation bureau, 65-10-01] $80 Civil Legal Service $15 
  Civil Filing Fee $65
For filing probate, guardianship, or any  other testamentary cases [Title 30.1]  $80 Civil Legal Service $15 
  Civil Filing Fee $65
except where petition for guardianship is filed by member of individual habilitation plan team or other state employee in performance of official duties [30.1-28-03] No Fee  
A petition for guardianship may be prepared and filed by the state's attorney, a petition may also be prepared by any other person, including a law enforcement officer, who has knowledge of the facts alleged or is informed and believes that they are true. A petition prepared by any person other that a state's attorney may not be filed unless the director, the court or other person authorized by the court has determined the filing of the petition is in the best interest of the public and the child. [27-20-20] No Fee  
for filing authenticated copies of appointment as domiciliary foreign personal representative [30.1-24-05] $10 Fees/County
For filing, not registering, trust proceedings [Titles 30.1 and 59] $80 Civil Legal Service $15 
  Civil Filing Fee $65
For filing a civil action for judicial remedy [Title 32 - i.e., personal injury, 32-03-01; injunction, 32-07-01; quiet title, 32-17-01; writ of habeas corpus, 32-22-04; establish/citizenship, 32-27-02; change of name, 32-38-02; writ of certiorari, 32-33-01; writ of mandamus, 32-34-01; establish date and place of birth, 32-37-02] $80 Civil Legal Service $15 
  Civil Filing Fee $65
For filing an action to foreclose on lien [Title 35] $80 Civil Legal Service $15 
  Civil Filing Fee $65
For filing claim affidavit and answer when defendant removes action to district court [27-08.1-04] $80 Civil Legal Service $15 
  Civil Filing Fee $65
For filing an affidavit of Custodial Parent under NDCC 14-09-08.2 No Fee  

Fee for filing foreign judgment, petition of subsequent administration, statement registering trust, or foreign domestic violence protection order

For filing a foreign decree or judgment under NDCC 26.1-02-19 or 28-20.1-05 $10 Fees/County
For filing a petition for subsequent administration of an estate under NDCC 30.1-21-08 $10 Fees/County
For filing a trust registration statement or petition for allowance of trustee's annual report or other remedies under NDCC 30.1-32-02  $10 Fees/County
For filing a foreign domestic violence protection order No Fee  

Fee for filing small claims action

For filing claim affidavit [27-08.1-03]    
Fee refunded when case dismissed without prejudice $10 Fees/County
For filing counterclaim affidavit or answer [27-08.1-03] No Fee  

Fee for filing an answer

For filing an answer to a case that is not a small claims action $50 Civil Filing Fees $50
For filing an answer to a motion to modify an order for alimony, property division, child support, or custody  $30 Civil Filing Fee $30
Where a change of venue occurs by the order of any court, no additional filing fee shall be charged by the clerk of the court to which the case has been moved.  The county in which the case was initially filed shall not pay the filing fee collected to the county to which the case has been moved. No Fee  

Fee for filing any matter authorized to be filed in office of clerk other than a case for decision

For filing custody order from another state where the order is not filed as part of an existing court proceeding [14-14-15] $10 Fees/County
For filing and docketing a transcript of judgment or order from another district court No Fee  
For filing and entering an assignment of judgment [28-20-20] No Fee  
For filing and entering a renewal of judgment [28-20-22] No Fee  
For filing an acknowledgment of satisfaction of judgment [28-20-24] No Fee  
For filing bankruptcy discharge for cancellation of judgment [28-20-30] No Fee  
For filing a regular or special execution on return [28-21-06] No Fee  
For filing and indexing or recording a lien [Title 35 - i.e., miner's lien, 35-15-05; hospital lien [35-18-04] except no fee should be charged for filing an attorney's lien pursuant to 35-20-08] $10 Fees/County
For filing and entering a certificate of discharge of a statutory lien [Title 35 -i.e., personal property, 35-01-28] No Fee  
For filing application, affidavit, and undertaking for release of lien $10  
For all services in proceedings for deposit in court  $10 Fees/County
except where the deposit is being made in conjunction with a previously filed case No Fee  

Fee for preparing, certifying, issuing, or transmitting any document

For issuing a certified abstract or certified copy of a judgment, order, or other paper filed or recorded in the office of the clerk, for each document certified  $10 Fees/County
except where a single request is made for more than one certified copy of the same document [Fee Schedule Bulletin 85-1]    
First certified copy issued  $10 Fees/County
Each additional certified copy of the same document issued $5 Fees/County
For certifying and transmitting a record on appeal to Supreme Court No Fee  
For preparing and transmitting a certified transcript of a judgment or order to another district court $10 Fees/County
For issuing a notice of cancellation and discharge of judgment to another district court to which judgment has been transcribed [28-20-27] No Fee  
For preparing and issuing a regular or special execution [Chapter 28-21] $10 Fees/County
For preparing and issuing a subpoena [Rule 45, NDRCivP]  $10 Fees/County
except where defendant requests subpoena in a criminal case No Fee  
For certifying to county recorder that action has not been commenced to enforce a mechanic's lien and that lien is satisfied [35-27-25] No Fee  
For taking and certifying an acknowledgment of (notarizing) any document [44-05-03] $5 Fees/County
For certifying a domestic violence protection order No Fee  

Record Searches

For civil record searches (Fee coding varies by funding source) $10 per name Misc. Revenue:
  Contract clerks
  State clerks
For criminal record searches  $10 per name Misc. Revenue:
  Contract clerks
  State clerks

Court Forms

State Court forms are now available to the public on the Supreme Court's website:  www.ndcourts.com.  The public may access these forms, posted in fillable format, on the website and use the forms to file certain actions.  If a person does not have access to a computer, sets of forms will be provided by the clerk upon request for the designated fee.  The available forms and applicable fees are:

Simple Divorce $5 per set Misc. Revenue:
  Contract clerks
  State clerks
Modification & Enforcemt of child visitation $5 per set Misc. Revenue:
  Contract clerks
  State clerks
Forms - Probate / Guardianship  $5 per set Misc. Revenue:
  Contract clerks
  State clerks
Child Support Review & Amendment $5 per set Misc. Revenue:
  Contract clerks
  State clerks
Waiver of Fees  $2 per set Misc. Revenue:
  Contract clerks
  State clerks
Small Claims $5 per set Misc. Revenue:
  Contract clerks
  State clerks
Individual forms from a set $.50 / form Misc. Revenue:
  Contract clerks
  State clerks

NOTE:  If a person does not have access to a computer to retrieve the Small claims Forms, clerks should provide the preprinted sets acquired from the printer.  Purchase price is the same:  $5.00


Copies and Faxes

Copies - State clerks $.10/page, $1.00 min Misc. Revenue/State
Outgoing faxes - State clerks $.25/page, $1.00 min Misc. Revenue/State
Reports Run in the normal course of Business No Fee No Fee
Reports  - Special reports that are not part of the normal course of business. $10 Misc. Revenue/State

Governmental Agencies

There is no charge for a government agency to make a copy of a document if the purpose of making the copy is retention by the clerk of court while the original is withdrawn.

The clerk of court shall not charge or collect any of the fees in schedules I, Ia, Ib, II, or III from the state, or any state agency, or from a political subdivision or agency thereof.  Nor shall any such fees be charged or collected from the public service commission [60-04-10].


Other Court Fees

Bail bond forfeiture (NDCC 29-27-02.1) NOTE: Only money received for bail that is forfeited is reported here   Bail Bond Forfeitures
Court Admin Fees (NDCC 29-26-22)
offense dates prior to 7/1/2003
  Court Admin Fees
Crim Court Admin Fees (NDCC 29-26-22) offense dates 7/1/2003 and after   Crim. Court Admin Fees
District Court Costs (NDCC 29-26-22)   Dist. Ct. Costs
Indigent Defense Recoupments (29-07-01.1)   Ind. Def. Recoupments
Municipal Court Transfer Revenues (NDCC 40-18-15.1)   Mun. Ct. Transfer
Net Fines, Penalties and Forfeitures (NDCC 15.1-28-01) Article IX, Section 2, ND Const.   Fines
Traffic bond forfeiture
Restitution Collection Assistance Fund (NDCC 12.1-32-08)   Contract clerks / State clerks that DO NOT collect restitution

State clerks collecting restitution
Indigent Defense Application Fee NDCC 29-07-01.1(4) $35 Maximum Indigent Defense App Fee
Indigent Defense Facility Fee (NDCC 29-26-22) $100 Ind. Def. Facility Fee
Victim Witness Fee $25 Victim Witness Fee
Community Service Supervision Fund (NDCC 29-26-22) $25 Community Service Fee