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Flattening a PDF File

PDF fillable form must be flattened before they are uploaded into the CM/ECF docketing system.  This will ensure the document can be viewed on all devices, and will remove the ability to edit and add values to the document after filing.

Follow the steps below to “flatten” a completed PDF fillable form:

  1.  Open fillable form.
  2.  Add appropriate data.
  3.  Select File.
  4.  Select Print.
  5.  Select the PDF printer. (The Adobe PDF printer is installed automatically with Adobe Acrobat. Numerous free PDF printer drivers are available for download from the Internet.)
  6.  Select OK.
  7.  Specify location to save the printed, “flattened” version of the form.
  8.  Select Save.
  9.  File the “flattened” form in CM/ECF.