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Small Claims Court Fees

A list of fees charged by the court, the Sheriff and the Secretary of State.

Small Claims Court Fees

Who pays the fees?

You must pay the court, the Sheriff and the Secretary of State for their services. If you win, the court may include these costs as part of your judgment. When issuing a check to pay for court fees, make the check payable to “Los Angeles Superior Court.” If the check is for a service provided by the Sheriff, then make the check payable to the “Los Angeles County Sheriff”.

If you cannot pay the fees

If you cannot afford to pay the court fees, you may file a Request to Waive Court Fees form with the Clerk’s office. You may be required to include personal financial information for the court to consider your request.


Filing fee

The filing fee for a Plaintiff’s Claim and Defendant’s Claim is based on the amount you are suing for. The filing fees are:

Amount of Your Claim Filing Fee
$0- $1,500 $30
$1,500.01- $5,000 $50
*$5,000.01- $12,500 $75
**Frequent Filer $100
*Only individuals, not businesses, can sue for this amount.
**If you file more than 12 cases in a 12-month period, you must pay a $100 filing fee.
Additional fees may apply for extra copies of documents.

Additional court fees

Request for Postponement $10
Plaintiff’s Request for Postponement Prior to Serving no fee
Request for Court Order no fee
Motion to Vacate $20
Judgment Debtor Hearing $60
Application for Renewal of Judgment $45
Request to Pay Judgment to Court $20
Request to Pay Judgment in Installments no fee
Notice of Appeal $75
Certified copies $37.50

Miscellaneous fees

Issuing Writ of Execution $40
Issuing Abstract of Judgment $40
DL 17/DL 30 $37.50


Some court papers require a copy to be served to the other party. The Sheriff’s Department can do this for you. Their fees are as follows:

Service of Plaintiff’s Claim $50
Service of Defendant’s Claim $50
Order for Appearance $50
Subpoena $50
Earnings Withholding $45
Bank Levy $50
Till Tap $175
Keeper — 8 Hours $350
Vehicle Levy $2,000
Bench Warrant — Varies depending on the type of case $50-$120


If a corporation is served through the Secretary of State by the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office, the fees are:

Secretary of State, including Certificate of Service $50
Sacramento County Sheriff $100

Court forms are available at California Courts – Forms. Select “Small Claims” from the pull-down menu. Forms are also available at the Court Clerk’s office.

County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer and Business Affairs. Last change: Jan. 11, 2024

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