Closed Case Information
After bankruptcy cases have been closed, they are subsequently (approximately one to two years after closing) shipped to and stored at the Federal Records Center (FRC).
Cases closed by the court’s Cincinnati divisional office in June of 1991 or later, or by the Dayton office after August 9, 1993, or by the Columbus office in February of 1993 or later, are stored at:
Federal Records Center
3150 Springboro Road
Dayton, OH 45439
All other closed cases are stored at:
Federal Records Center
7358 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60625
To review and/or request copies of court records stored at the Dayton or Chicago FRC, you will need the following information:
FRC Accession Number
FRC Location Number
Case File Number
Case File Name
This information is available from the Bankruptcy Court divisional office where the case was closed. To obtain this information for bankruptcy cases closed in the Southern District of Ohio, please call:
Cincinnati - (513) 684-2572
Columbus - (614) 469-6638
Dayton - (937) 225-2516
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has announced that all on-site court case review services to the public will cease EFFECTIVE July 1, 2011 for the Dayton, Ohio Federal Records Center, and October 1, 2011 for the Chicago, Illinois Federal Records Center.
NARA will continue to provide public access to court records by mail, fax, telephone, or online.
Requesting copies from the FRC by mail, telephone or fax:
To request copies of case file documents by mail, telephone or fax from the Dayton FRC, please click the following link for complete details on the procedure to be followed and the associated fees:
To request copies of case file documents by mail, telephone or fax from the Chicago FRC, please click the following link for complete details on the procedure to be followed and the associated fees:
Online inquiries for both Dayton, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois locations:
https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline and click "Order Reproductions" then "Court Records".
Retrieval of case files from the FRC via the Bankruptcy Court:
Alternatively, you may request the Bankruptcy Court to retrieve a case from the FRC. Please note that the Bankruptcy Court will require a retrieval fee of $53.00 (which must be paid before the record is requested from the FRC). It should also be noted that in the event there is more than one bankruptcy case bearing the same debtor name, it is the responsibility of the requestor to determine which case should be retrieved.
Once the file is retrieved, it may be reviewed at the divisional office that retrieved it. Additional fees of 50 cents per page will be charged for copying documents, and $11.00 for the certification of each document.
Retrieved cases will remain at the Clerks office for a period of 10 working days after receipt from the FRC and then be returned to the FRC. Any further retrieval of such a case will require an additional retrieval fee.