Most courts impose a 25MB file size for PDF documents, and a 35MB limit for the entire envelope. (The Fresno Superior Court allows for 100MB file and envelope size limits.)

If you need to e-file a document, but the file size of your document exceeds the 25 MB file size limit enforced by the Courts, then you may need to do some work to reduce, compress, or optimize your file size. Otherwise, you may need to split your document into parts for filing.

You may try the following:

  • Convert your documents
  • Optimize your Scanner Settings
  • Optimize the PDF file using Adobe Acrobat
  • Reduce the size of the PDF file using Adobe Acrobat
  • Use an online PDF compression service

Note: There is a limit to how much a file can be compressed. A 100mb document may not be able to be compressed to a proper size. If you compress the file, and it’s still larger than 25mb, then you will need to try rescanning the document, and then, even possibly recompressing the file.

Also of note, 1mb does NOT equal 1 page. You are not limited to a number of pages in a PDF as long as the PDF file size is 25mb or smaller.

Convert Your Documents

If you’ve generated your document using a Word Processor like Microsoft Word or Word Perfect, there is no need to print your document, sign it, then scan it. It is better to electronically sign your document using a /s/ followed by the attorneys name on the signature line, then simply convert your document to PDF. Documents converted to PDF from a word processor will always result in a very small file size.

Optimize Your Scanner Settings

There is no need to scan documents in color or high resolution for the purpose of e-filing. Ideally, you’ll want to scan your documents at no more than 200 DPI and in black and white.

Optimize the PDF file using Adobe Acrobat

  1. Open the document in Adobe Acrobat
  2. Under the File tab, select Save as Other, and then Optimized PDF
  3. The PDF Optimizer will popup. The default settings should be fine. It is not recommended to reduce the ppi to below 150ppi.
  4. Click Ok, and save the document with the appropriate file name.

Reduce the size of the PDF file using Adobe Acrobat

  1. Open the document in Adobe Acrobat
  2. Under the File tab, select Save as Other, and then Reduced Size PDF
  3. The Reduce File Size box will popup. The default setting should be fine, so you will not need to change anything here.
  4. Click Ok, and save the document with the appropriate file name.

For more information, on how to Optimize a PDF file, or how to reduce the size of a PDF file using Adobe Acrobat, visit Adobe

Use an Online PDF Compression Service

Some filers also use online PDF compressors to reduce their file size, but before using any online PDF compressor, you may want to consider the level of confidentiality the document needs.

Here are a few PDF compressors some clients use:
https://smallpdf.com/compress-pdf
http://www.ilovepdf.com/compress_pdf
http://pdfcompressor.com/