Minnesota Guide & File

Minnesota Guide & File is a web-based electronic tool that helps you create court forms in certain types of cases.  In most situations, you can then file your forms electronically (eFile) through Guide & File, or print and file at a courthouse.

Minnesota Guide & File is a free interactive tool provided by the Minneosta Judicial Branch (MJB).  There are currently three question-and-answer interviews to help you fill out the MJB court forms needed:
  • To start a Conciliation Court case;
  • To start an Eviction case; and
  • To file an Affidavit of Service in your Conciliation Court or Eviction case.
Minnesota Guide & File will also give you "Next Steps" intstructions to tell you what to do with your forms, and how the court process works.

At the end of a Guide & File interview, most users have three options:
  • File the forms electronically (eFile);
  • Print the forms, then file the paper forms at a courthouse; or
  • Print the forms, then file electronically through the eFS System.

Minnesota Guide & File
1. How much does it cost to use Minnesota Guide & File?
It is free to use Minnesota Guide & File to create, save and print your court forms. If you choose to file your forms electronically (eFile), either at the end of the Guide & File interview or through the eFS System, there will be a $5 fee.
2. What kind of forms can I create through Minnesota Guide & File

There are two interviews available to help you create:

  • Conciliation (Small Claims) Court - create forms to start a Conciliation Court case; and
  • Eviction - create forms to start an eviction case.
There is a third interview in which can upload your Affdiavit of Service in a Conciliation Court or Eviction case.
3. How do I get to Guide & File?
The link to Guide & File is https://minnesota.tylerhost.net/SRL .
4. Do I need to have a user account in Guide & File?
No, you do not need to have a user account in order to create and print court forms in Guide & File. However, your information is not saved anywhere unless you have a user account. If you are using a public computer, information might disappear after a certain period of inactivity. You have to complete the interview and print your forms in one sitting.
5. What are the benefits of having a user account in Guide & File?
  • Guide & File automatically saves your work at the end of every page;
  • You can go back into the interview to finish answering questions, or to edit what you have already answered;
  • You need a Guide & File account in order to electronically (eFile) at the end of an interview; and
  • Your Guide & File account credentials (username and password) will also give you access to the eFS System (if you decide to eFile at the end of your interview).
6. How long is my information kept in Guide & File?
With a Guide & File account: your information is available for 30 days.
Without a Guide & File account: your information is not kept at all.
7. Will court staff be able to access my Guide & File account?
No. You are the only one who can access your Guide & File account, unless you choose to share your username and password with someone else.
8. I lost my password. How can I find it?
Click on the "Forgot Password" link in Guide & File for help. You will need the following information:
  • Email address (the one used to create your Guide & File account); and
  • The answer to your security question.
Guide & File will send your password to you by email.

If you have questions about Minnesota Guide & File, contact the Statewide Self-Help Center.
  • By phone: (651) 435-6535 (M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
  • By email: Contact Us Form
If you have questions about electronic filing (eFiling), electronic service (eService), or the eFS System, contact the eFile Support Center.
  • If calling from metro area codes 612, 651, 763, 952: (651) 227-2002
  • If calling from any other area code: (855) 291-8246