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Copy Requests for Bankruptcy Court

Bankruptcy cases closed prior to March 1, 2001

Click here for Information to access these records stored at the Federal Records Center.

PLEASE NOTE: With the exception of Chapter 12 and Chapter 9 cases, certain adversary cases, and select cases retained for historical records purposes, cases that have been closed for more than 15 years may have been destroyed locally or by the National Archives and Records Administration in accordance with the federal records disposition schedule (N1-578-11-001, in accordance with 44 USC § 3303). The Clerk’s Office cannot guarantee the availability of these records at the FRC.

Bankruptcy cases pending or filed on or after March 1, 2001

NOTE:  Photocopies are only available for cases filed in the Western District of Missouri.

Electronic copies
If you have Internet access and a PACER login and password, you may access many documents electronically. Internet access to bankruptcy court records is fee-based and can be found at:

Register for a PACER account.

If you would like the Bankruptcy Clerk's Office to provide copies:

Document fees

Documents not maintained electronically 50 cents per page
Electronic records 10 cents per page
Certified copy $12 + copy fee
Exemplified copy $24 + copy fee

Payment for copies is required at the time of the request. We cannot accept personal checks from a debtor in an active bankruptcy case.

By mail:
Contact the Clerk's Office at 816-512-1800 weekdays from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to obtain information about the total cost of your request. Send your request, a self-addressed, stamped envelope for your return copies, and a check or money order payable to the Clerk of Court to:

U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Attn: Copy Request
400 E. 9th Street, Room 1510
Kansas City, MO 64106

In person:
Case records for bankruptcy cases filed on or after March 1, 2001 can also be reviewed at the courthouse during business hours, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. weekdays. If copies are made, payment is acceptable by check (if not an active case) or cash.

Restricted documents:
On September 14, 2010, the Judicial Conference amended the policy on privacy and public access to electronic case file, which prohibits the disclosure of an individual’s full Social Security Number.  All documents and claims filed in Bankruptcy cases opened prior to December 1, 2003 and have been closed for more than one year are restricted from public access.  These Documents cannot be viewed in PACER by the public.

Case docket sheets and case information will still be available through PACER.  If a party has filed a notice of appearance, they will have access to all documents in that particular case.  All documents remain available for viewing on the public computer terminals in the Clerk’s Office (except documents under seal).  Restricted documents may be printed from the public terminals or a copy request may be submitted to the Clerk’s Office.  Normal copying costs will be assessed.  Because of the risk of the document’s privacy being compromised, documents will not be e-mailed.