January 27, 2020

CM/ECF – Getting Started

To become a CM/ECF user with access to the live database, please review the information below. Then complete the appropriate registration form and forward it to the Clerk’s Office.

Hardware and Software Requirements
CM/ECF Registration Forms
Training Contacts
To Obtain a PACER Login and Password
For Assistance with Technical Questions

Hardware and Software Requirements

Filing documents in the CM/ECF System requires the following hardware and software:

  • A personal computer running a standard platform such as Windows or Mac OS X
  • A PDF-compatible word processing software such as Corel WordPerfect or Microsoft Word
  • Software to convert documents from a word processing format to portable document format (PDF).  Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional or newer is recommended.  Adobe Acrobat 7 Professional, Adobe Acrobat 6 Professional and Acrobat Writer 5.0 adequately meet the CM/ECF filing requirements
  • A scanner and scanner software, for conversion and transmitttal of documents not in a word processing system
  • Internet service
  • A web browser; CM/ECF has been tested using Internet Explorer 8 and 9 and Mozilla Firefox.  Some may have positive experiences with other web browsers, but those listed here have been tested and certified for compatibility.  Mozilla Firefox may be downloaded at no cost
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing PDF documents; Acrobat Reader may be downloaded at no cost

CM/ECF Registration Forms

[Complete, Print, Sign & Mail to the appropriate address listed on the form]

Full Participant Registration Form   [For EDVA Bar Members, Only]
Limited Participant Registration Form

Limited Participant Registration Form  [Case Specific]

LandAmerica Financial Group, Inc.
Circuit City Stores, Inc.
Movie Gallery, Inc.
The Rowe Companies
Rowe Furniture, Inc.
Storehouse, Inc.
AMF Bowling Worldwide, Inc.

Training Contacts


Rachel Swinton - (703) 258-1254
Michelle Ryan – (703) 258-1274

Norfolk and Newport News

Angie Snyder – (757) 222-7523
Cynthia Gray – (757) 222-7519


Delores Jones – (804) 916-2435
Lisa Gary – (804) 916-2437

For Assistance with Technical Questions

For Limited Participant questions (Logins, additions, deletions, etc), please email limited_participants@vaeb.uscourts.gov

For questions regarding ECF (Logins, procedural questions, policy, etc), please click the link for the division nearest your office

For Alexandria email ALXSupport@vaeb.uscourts.gov

For Norfolk/Newport News email NOXSupport@vaeb.uscourts.gov

For Richmond email RISupport@vaeb.uscourts.gov