By far the most common support question we receive is related to the fees associated with electronic filing in the Odyssey eFile program. Please read this article carefully for a thorough explanation.
The Odyssey eFile Court Convenience Fee
With the implementation of electronic filing, courts are presented with a new challenge, that of collecting court filing fees (both those mandated by State court rules and local court rules) in an automated fashion. The most readily available solution for this is the use of credit cards. As such, the court has configured a system by which it’s EFM software vendor, Tyler Technologies, is able to collect court filing fees. Via the Tyler Online Payment Gateway (TOGA) state and local fees are collected, then passed back to the court. By allowing credit cards, however, there is a credit card transaction fee for which the court is not willing to lose, therefore a Court Convenience Fee, which varies from state to state, is added to the credit card transaction.
The Odyssey eFile California Service Fee
Perhaps the most alluring benefit to California courts participating in the Odyssey eFile California program is their access to the software they need in order to receive, review, and process electronic filings at little cost to the court. This software is commonly referred to as the court’s Electronic Filing Manager or EFM.
Ultimately the EFM software is funded by the court’s decision to implement a service fee for each filing, what we refer to as the Odyssey eFileCA EFM Fee. In a nutshell, without this service fee, the court would not be able to fund and implement electronic filing, and would continue to suffer from the inefficiencies and expense of receiving, pushing, and storing paper.
As such, those courts participating in the Odyssey eFile California program have adopted a per filing submission service fee of $5.00 for those courts allowing permissive e-filing, and $3.50 for those courts mandating e-filing.
Sample Filing Fee Confirmation
The image below is taken from the new filing screen in our site. You’ll notice court filing fees are broken down by those due for each document submitted in the transaction, as well as the service fees described above. Also, note that none of these line items describe any fee due to, or collected from us. These fees are charged and collected by the Odyssey eFile system via TOGA, not by our service.
Green Filing Service Fees
Finally, during the process of filing you’ll notice, as indicated in the image below from Green Filing’s new filing screen, that the filer must agree to the fees associated with the plan for which they are currently subscribed with Green Filing. The plan name will display as a hyperlink to a help article confirming that plan’s details and costs, and an indication of the plan cost is present as well. Green Filing’s service fees are not charged at the time of filing; rather, they are billed one time per month based on the billing period associated with the account. By way of example, if you you created your account on the 5th of the month, then on the 5th of each month Green Filing will bill the account for those filings submitted in the previous month.
As always, if you have any questions feel free to contact our support team via phone, chat, or email.