Add Alias Information

Alias Information screen.

  • You can enter up to five alias names at a time.
  • Alias Role selections include aka, dba, fdba, and fka.
  • Click the Add aliases button.
  • When you are done, you will be returned to the Debtor or Plaintiff Information screen.
  • If you have additional aliases, repeat the process.

Add/Create New Party

Quick Note

Making any changes in Add/Create New Party screen will only affect this case.

Remember to change the ROLE accordingly.

Use the Add/Create New Party only when party is not on the Party Filer pick list.

From the Select the Party screen:

  1. Click on Add/Create New Party hyperlink.
  2. On the Search for a Party screen, enter the social security number, tax identification number or last/business name (upper and lower case) to search for new party name.
  3. The Party Search Results appears:
    • If Party information is correct, click Select name from list button.
    • If Party information is incorrect or does not appear, click on Create New Party. The Party Information screen appears.
  4. Complete or update all appropriate fields for the party filer, and click Submit.

    Note: Select appropriate Role for new party filer such as:

Once this is complete, you will return to the Select the Party screen, which lists the party added, and is automatically selected.


Add Creditors

  1. Enter the creditor's information in the Name and Address field using a letter address format, and click Next.

    • Name of creditor on first line - may be 50 characters
    • Address, including the Name, cannot exceed 5 lines
    • Address - may be 40 characters
    • Multiple creditors may be entered.  Separate each added creditor with a blank line.
  2. The following reminders will display.

    As a reminder, file the Late Notice to Additional Parties of Bankruptcy Case Filing, Meeting of Creditors and Deadlines - NM LF 1009-1(c).

    As a reminder, file the Notice of Amendment to Bankruptcy Schedule(s) - NM LF 1009-1(b).


Attorney/Party Association

The court's electronic filing procedures state "When registering to use the CM/ECF system, attorneys sign an agreement to the effect that use of their login and password (whether by themselves personally or by delegation to another person in their office) constitutes the filer’s signature for purposes of Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9011. A document filed by electronic means may display an “/s/” with the name typed in the location at which the signature would otherwise appear; however, this is not a requirement."


The filing attorney must verify that the party is being represented by the attorney who is currently logged in and filing the initiating document.



Automatic Lockout Program

Filing fees must be paid by 11:59 p.m., Mountain Time, on the day you file the documents or CM/ECF will automatically lock your account for e-filing purposes. To restore your e-filing privileges, log into CM/ECF, click on Utilities, and select Internet Payments Due. After completing the payment process, all menus should display. If they do not, refresh your screen. 


Browse, Verify, and Attach Document

  1. Locate the document (PDF file).
  2. Right-mouse click on the correct filename.
  3. Select Open from the drop down menu. This will launch the PDF file's application.
  4. Verify the document.
  5. Close the document by clicking on the X in the upper-right hand corner of the Adobe application.
  6. Click on the Open button in ECF to attach the document in the Browse field.

Attaching Supportive Documents

From the first Browser screen:

  1. Click on the Yes button for Attachments to Document.
  2. Click Next.

In the second Browser screen:

  1. Browse, verify and attach supportive document (PDF file).
  2. Select from the Category drop down menu, such as Affidavit, Exhibit, Signature Page, etc. or type in the description of the document.
  3. Click on Add to List.
  4. Repeat steps 1 - 3 until all supportive documents are attached. When done, click Next to continue.


Corporate Parent / Affiliate

A Corporate Parent / Affiliate can be added when adding a party to a case, by clicking on the Corporate parent / affiliate button in the Party Information screen.

  1. In the Search for a corporate parent / affiliate screen, enter the name in the Business name field, and click Search.
  2. If the name appears in the Corporate parent / affiliate search results box, select the name from the list.  If the search results in No person found, click Create new corporate parent / affiliate.
  3. The Corporate parent / affiliate information screen displays the name entered in search box.


    • Type: Select corporate parent or corporate affiliate using the drop down arrow.
    • Entity: If the name is a business, leave the Entity box checked.  If it is an individual, uncheck the Entity box.
    • Click the Add corporate parent / affiliate button.
  4. Select the party to whom the corporate parent or affiliate should be associated.
  5. Add all corporate parents or affiliates before clicking the End corporate parent / affiliate selection button.
  6. Docket Text: Modify as Appropriate.
  7. Review final docket text.
  8. NEF Displays


Notice of Bankruptcy Case Filing

The Notice of Bankruptcy Case Filing is generated by the CM/ECF system when the petition is filed. It certifies that the petition is now an official court document.

To save a copy for your records, print to PDF or print a paper copy.


Notice of Electronic Case Filing (NEF)

The NEF contains the date of electronic distribution and identification of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Mexico as the sender. An encrypted verification code appears in the electronic document stamp section of the NEF. The electronic document stamp shall be used for the purpose of confirming the authenticity of the transmission and associated document(s) with the Clerk of Court, as necessary.

When a document has been electronically filed in CM/ECF, the official record is the electronic recording of the document kept in the custody of the Clerk of Court and is considered the "file stamp"for the associated document. The NEF provides certification that the associated document(s) is a true and correct copy of the original filed with the court. For a detailed description for each part of the NEF, click here.

  • The NEF is transmitted via e-mail by the CM/ECF system to the filer’s e-mail address on record with the court. You may view the filed documents once without charge (free look). The free look is only available for 15 days.
  • To save a copy for your records, print to PDF or print a paper copy.
  • To view the link to the Notice of Electronic Case Filing:
    1. Query the case.
    2. Check the box to include Links to the Notices of Electronic Filing.
    3. Click on the silver ball shown next to the document number.

NOTE: If you are not receiving your NEF emails, check the spam or junk folder on your computer. To prevent this from happening add to your contact list.


PDF Tips

Verify the file size of a PDF document:

  1. Hold down the Ctrl key and click the D on the keyboard
  2. The Document Properties box will display
  3. Select the Description tab if not already displayed
  4. The Advanced section (the bottom half of the box) will provide detailed information about the PDF including the file size. The maximum file size allowed when filing in CM/ECF is shown by logging into CM/ECF, clicking on the Utilities menu, and choosing Court Information.

Check PDF file size using CM/ECF:

  1. Log in to CM/ECF
  2. Select Utilities from the CM/ECF main menu bar
  3. Select Check PDF Document
  4. Browse and submit the proposed PDF image for review
  5. The PDF checker will verify that the size of the PDF is within the CM/ECF requirements and will also check whether the document is PDF/A format. Currently, PDF/A format is not required.

Verify the page size of a PDF document:

  1. Open the PDF document in Adobe Acrobat
  2. Look in the lower left-hand side of the page for the page size. If you are using Adobe Acrobat 9.0, the software may already be configured to display the page size of each page. Depending on how your software is configured, you may need to place the hand/cursor over the left-hand corner of the page to see the page size.
  3. Click on the Next Page arrow to verify the size of each page of the document

The PDF document page size can also be verified using this option:

  1. Hold down the Ctrl key and click the D on the keyboard
  2. The Document Properties box will display
  3. Select the Description tab if not already displayed
  4. The Advanced section (the bottom half of the box) will provide detailed information about the PDF including the file size and page size

To change the page size of a PDF document:

  1. Open the PDF document in Adobe Acrobat
  2. Click on the Print icon or press Ctrl+P
  3. Select Adobe PDF as your printer
  4. In the Page Handling box, select Shrink oversized pages under the Size Options
  5. Click Print
  6. A Save dialog will appear asking you to save the document. Do so.
  7. Open the PDF document you have just saved and use the procedure above to verify the page size does not exceed 9.5 inches x 12 inches.

Refer to Existing Event(s)

  1. Check the box: Refer to Existing Event(s)?
  2. On the next screen, Select the category to which your event relates. If the category is unknown, all categories can be selected by holding down the Shift Key and dragging the mouse down through the entire list. This will highlight all categories.
  3. The list of related event(s) displays. Select the appropriate event, and click Next.