Obtaining Bankruptcy Photocopies from the Federal Records Center

The National Archives and Records Administration (also , Federal Records Center) stores bankruptcy cases from the U.S. Courts for the Western District of Missouri that were closed prior to March 1, 2001.

To obtain copies from records in storage, you must first obtain your case number and storage location information by calling the Bankruptcy Clerk’s Office, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 816-512-1800.

Once you have obtained the case storage information, you have two options for obtaining information from the case file:

Option 1: Order copies of the records from the National Archives and Records Administration Central Plains Region in Lenexa, KS. Use the form below and include your credit card information and signature for payment of copies. Fax or mail this copy request per the instructions on the form, or order online at the Record Center by visiting this link https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline/. Click on "Order Reproductions," then "Court Records." No login or password is required.

Option 2: Review records in person at the Federal Courthouse, 400 E. 9th Street, Room 1510, Kansas City, Missouri. Send a written request to review the records along with a check payable to the Clerk of Court in the amount of $53 fee to retrieve the case files from storage. Be sure to include a phone number where you can be reached with your request. The Clerk’s Office will notify you when the records are available for review at the courthouse. This can take one to two weeks. The Clerk’s Office will make copies at a charge of 50 cents per page.

Option 3:  SmartScan. SmartScan is a Federal Records Center (FRC) service that includes locating paper records, scanning them and then transmitting them to the Court via email. This alternative service is not directly available to the public; all requests must be made through the Court. The requestor must know exactly what document they are looking for, and the request cannot exceed 100 pages. SmartScan requests received by the FRC by 9:00 AM will be emailed to the Court by 4:00 PM the same day. The cost for this service is $19.90 for the electronic retrieval of the records from the FRC and a copy cost of $0.65 per page.

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