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OAH Secure e-File (SFT)

As of September 8, 2017: OAH Secure e-File

Effective September 8, 2017, the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) began using a browser-based secure file transfer system for electronic filing and service of case-related documents.  OAH Secure e-File replaces OAH’s current method of sending and receiving documents through email attachments.  In addition, OAH will begin delivering electronic copies of documents through OAH Secure e-File. We will have a two month transitional period, during which the OAH Secure e-File will be working, but we will continue to accept documents filed by email and fax.  After the transitional period, OAH Secure e-File will be the only method for electronic filing with OAH.


Parties or attorneys will create a password-protected free account at OAH Secure e-File, and will use that account for both sending documents to OAH and receiving documents from OAH.

OAH Secure e-File will be mandatory for all government agencies and attorneys.  It will be optional for self-represented parties.  OAH will continue to accept hard copy documents by mail or personal delivery from self-represented parties after OAH Secure e-File is operational.  Self-represented parties who opt not to use OAH Secure e-File will receive copies of notices and documents from OAH by regular mail.

After the transitional period, OAH will no longer accept fax or email copies of documents from parties, will not send email attachments to parties, and will no longer send documents to parties by fax.

Secure e-File

OAH Secure e-File (SFT) Instructions

How to Register New Account

How to Register a New Secure e-File Account (video file)

Register New Account

  • Go to Secure e-File site, https://www.dgsapps.dgs.ca.gov/OAH/OAHSFTWeb, and select the Register link.
  • On the Register page, enter your first name, last name, phone number, email, password, and confirm password.
    • The password should be at least six characters long, must contain one upper case letter, one lower case letter, one number and one special character.
  • Once you select the Register button, you will receive a confirmation notification and an activation email will be sent to the email address you provided.
  • Upon receiving the activation email, select the "here" link to activate your new Secure e-File account.
  • The link will re-route you to the Account Activation page.
    • Enter the email, password and confirm password to activate new account.
    • Select the Activate button.
  • The Active Account Confirmation page will appear, after successfully entering in your active account information.
    • Select the "click here to log in" link to log in.
  • You will be re-routed to the Secure e-File Log In page.
    • Log in, with your email and password, one final time, to complete the registration process.
  • You are now ready to start using the OAH Secure e-File.

How to Log In and Reset/Forget Password

How to Log In to the Secure e-File and Use the Forgot Password Link (video file)

Log In

  • Go to Secure e-File site, https://www.dgsapps.dgs.ca.gov/OAH/OAHSFTWeb, and select the Log In link.
  • On the Log In page, 
    • Enter your previously registered email and password.
    • Select the Log In button.
  • Upon successfully logging in, you will be ready to start using the OAH Secure e-File to send PDF documents to OAH or receive documents from OAH.

Forgot Password

  • Go to Secure e-File site, https://www.dgsapps.dgs.ca.gov/OAH/OAHSFTWeb, and select the Log In link.
  • Select the Forgot Your Password? link.  
    • The Forgot Your Password link will allow you to reset your password, if you are not able to log in, with your previously registered email.
  • You will be re-routed to the Forgot Your Password page
    • Enter the email you have previously registered.
    • Select the Email Link button to receive a reset password email.
  • An email message will be sent to the email address you entered.
    • Open the email and select the "here" link to reset your password.
  • You will be re-routed to the Reset Password page.
    • Enter your email, new password, and confirm password.
    • Select the Reset button to reset your password.
  • You will be re-routed the the Reset Password Confirmation page.
    • Select the "click here to log in" link to log in with your new password.
  • On the Log in page, enter your previously registered email and new reset password.
  • Upon successfully logging in, you will be ready to start using the OAH Secure e-File to send PDF documents to OAH or receive documents from OAH.

How to Upload Files

How to Upload Files in the Secure e-File (video file)

Upload Files

  • Go to Secure e-File site, https://www.dgsapps.dgs.ca.gov/OAH/OAHSFTWeb, and select the Log In link.
  • On the Log In page, 
    • Enter your previously registered email and password.
    • Select the Log In button.
  • Once you have successfully logged in, go the the Upload File tab.  
  • Select the OAH Program associated with your case.
  • Next, select the OAH Office associated with your case.
  • Select the Document Type from the list provided.
  • Please enter the Case Number and Name, if known.  
    • Type "unknown" in the case number/name fields, if unknown.
  • The Additional Case Information comment section is optional
    • This area can used to enter any additional information about the file or files being submitted.
  • Click on the Select files... button to begin selecting PDF files to upload.  
    • Each file must be in PDF format and may not exceed 10 MB.  
    • Up to five files may be uploaded at one time.
  • Find the PDF file or files you want to upload.
  • Once the file or files have been selected, the Clear and Upload buttons will appear.  
    • Select Upload to send the files to OAH.
    • The Clear button resets the upload page.
  • A confirmation notice will appear if the upload was successful.
    • In addition, a confirmation email from OAHSecureFileTransfer@dgs.ca.gov will be sent to the registered user's email account that uploaded the file.   
  • To return the Upload file tab, select the link, Click here to go back to the upload page.

How to View My Files

How to View Files in the Secure e-File (video file)

View my Files tab

  • You will receive an email notification when OAH sends you a document.
    • The notification will go to the email you have registered.
    • To view the document, you will need to log in to the Secure e-File with your registered account or register a new account.
  • Go to Secure e-File site, https://www.dgsapps.dgs.ca.gov/OAH/OAHSFTWeb, and select the Log In link.
  • On the Log In page, 
    • Enter your previously registered email and password.
    • Select the Log In button.
  • Once you have successfully logged in, go the the View my Files tab.  
    • A list of all documents sent to your Secure e-File account will appear. 
  • Select the View Comments button, to read any OAH comments, regarding the document you have received.
    • A pop up window will appear with the OAH comments.
  • To open the document, click anywhere on the document's row.
    • Depending on the web browser you are using, you may have select additional pop-up notifications to open the document.  
  • Once the document launches, you will need to save it or print it for your own records.
  • IMPORTANT NOTICE
    • Files in your View my Files tab will expire and not be accessible after 30 days from the date they are sent.
    • The column labeled "Availability until" provides the date the file will expire.  

How to Change Password

How to Change Password in the Secure e-File (video file)

Change Password

  • Go to Secure e-File site, https://www.dgsapps.dgs.ca.gov/OAH/OAHSFTWeb, and select the Log In link.
  • On the Log In page, 
    • Enter your previously registered email and password.
    • Select the Log In button.
  • Once you have successfully logged in, go the the Change Password tab.  
  • Type in your current password.
  • Type in the new password.
  • Type in the confirmation of the password.
  • Select the Reset Button.
  • A Change Password Confirmation will appear upon successfully changing your password.
    • Select the "click here to go to log in page" link, to log in
  • From the Log in page, you will need to log in with your registered email and new password. 

Special Education E-File Guidelines

For general guidelines and links to relevant documents please see the Special Education Guidelines for Secure E-Filing.

Consent to Electronic Services Agreement (CESA) - Multiple Email Addresses


Any individual or entity who wishes to receive service of documents from OAH by e-File to more than one email address MUST complete the CESA, the link for which is provided at the bottom of this section.

ONLY ONE EMAIL:  To register to receive documents from OAH through the Secure e-File (SFT) system using just one email account you may either register on the website at https://www.dgsapps.dgs.ca.gov/oah/oahsftweb or use the CESA by filling out only "Section I Individual Requestors Including LEAs".

INDIVIDUALS AND LEAs WITH MORE THAN ONE EMAIL:  To register to receive documents from OAH through the Secure e-File (SFT) system at more than one email address MUST use the CESA by filling out only "Section I Individual Requestors Including LEAs".

LAW FIRMS REGISTERING MORE THAN ONE ATTORNEY:  To register more than one attorney with the same firm complete "Section II Multiple Attorney Requestors" of the CESA.  Submitting a completed CESA with Section II completed will result in the attorney receiving service of documents by e-File at both the primary and the additional email address.

GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES:  Governmental Agencies, other than LEAs, should use "Section III Agency Requestors" to register to receive service by e-File.  Law firms representing agencies should use Section II, as indicated above.

Consent to Electronic Services Agreement (CESA).

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