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Filing Fee Waiver Forms


The North Dakota court system charges filing fees for filing some documents with the court.

If you can’t afford to pay a filing fee, you can ask the court, in writing, for a filing fee waiver. Forms to make the request are available below.

You may be eligible for a filing fee waiver if you don’t make much money or you have a lot of expenses. If the court gives you a filing fee waiver, you don’t have to pay the filing fee.

Section 27-05.2-03 of the North Dakota Century Code sets the filing fees for documents filed in civil cases. The filing fees for common types of documents are:

Filing a Small Claims Court claim affidavit


Filing a summons and complaint (or summons and petition) in District Court, including (but not limited to) divorce, separation, parenting responsibility, adoption, paternity, guardianship, conservatorship, informal and formal probate, and eviction


Answering a summons and complaint (or summons and petition) in District Court


Filing a motion to modify an order for alimony, property division, child support, or child custody


Filing an answer to motion to modify an order for alimony, property division, child support, or child custody


Filing Fee Waiver Request Forms:

Forms aren’t available for every legal issue or circumstance.  If you don’t find the form on this website, the form isn’t available through the North Dakota Legal Self Help Center.

You may need to create legal documents yourself.  The General-Use Checklists and Forms in the District Court Civil section of this website may be used as a starting point for creating your own legal documents.

  • Instructions -- Waiver of Filing Fee Instructions
  • Form 1 -- Petition for Waiver of Fees
  • Form 2 -- Financial Affidavit in Suppport of Petition for Waiver of Fees
  • Form 3 -- Order Waiving Filing Fees

If you prefer to handwrite the forms in black ink, you can print out all of the instructions and forms at once by clicking on the following link:

Selected Statutes (Laws) & Rules

Following are legal research starting points related to filing fee waivers. You may need to conduct additional legal research into your legal issue. See the Legal Research Section of this webpage.

If you don’t understand any of this information, or if you have trouble filling out any of the forms located here, please see an attorney for help.

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If you have a question relating to a case that is already filed please contact the clerk of court for the county.