How to Check on the Status of Discharge Papers for Bankruptcy

You can request a hard copy of your bankruptcy discharge order or contact the Voice Case Information System to hear information about your case over the phone. If you go through the courts, you can pay to receive a certified copy of your bankruptcy discharge order. The Voice Case Information System is free.

Visit the Courthouse

Visit the bankruptcy court where your bankruptcy case was handled. You can only visit the bankruptcy court that entered the order.

Give the county clerk your case file name, case file number, transfer number, agency box number and location number, along with proof of ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.

Ask the clerk to search the court records and, if necessary, make a copy of your case. Fees apply, and rates vary for each task. The clerk will advise you regarding which form to complete. If your case has been closed and archived, there will be a retrieval fee.

Pay for a certified copy of your bankruptcy filing. Fees apply, and rates may vary.

Voice Case Information System

Contact the Voice Case Information System by dialing your state's VCIS (see the Resources section of this article). The system retrieves your case information through a personal computer located in many clerk's offices.

Enter your Social Security number and court case number when prompted by the voice system.

Listen for the status of your bankruptcy filing and verify the expected delivery date of your bankruptcy decree.

Tips

  • Record retrieval services also allow you to check on the status of discharge papers for bankruptcy. You’ll need to provide your case file name, case file number, transfer number, agency box number and location number and pay the fee.