A process server is a person who delivers or “serves” legal documents to a defendant or other person involved in a court case, as well as other services for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), such as filing court papers and document retrieval.
Process Server Backgrounds
Process servers come from all walks of life, from those who have never worked in the legal field to those who have worked in IT and law enforcement.
Process Server Salary
Salaries will vary depending on whether you choose to work as a contractor for someone else’s business or start your own. As you gain more experience in the industry, you will build a strong network of clients, and your salary will vary depending on whether you choose to work as a contractor for someone else’s business or start your own.
Requirements, Laws, & Licensing
The rules for becoming a process server vary by state; not all states require registration and/or licensing, so not all states have mandatory training. Training from fellow servers or programs can help you get your business off to a good start. Click on your state below to learn more.
State Rules of Civil Procedure
Read through your state laws to ensure that you are serving process in accordance with state and local laws, and if applicable, contact your court or sheriff’s office for registration/licensing guidelines. Below is a quick reminder of which states and areas require licensing or registration.
Process servers with at least one year of experience can join ServeNow to market to even more law firms, businesses, and private individuals by networking with other process servers to offer contract work. This is especially useful for nationwide agencies with coverage areas across states. Process servers with at least one year of experience can join ServeNow to market to even more law firms, businesses, and private individuals.
Process Server Jobs
If you want to work as a process server, you’ll need to gain customers. Marketing and directly contacting law firms are good places to start. Research companies in your area and offer your services to get started. Another option is to look for process server forums, groups, and postings online.
What qualifications do you need to be a process server?
A process server does not need a degree, but completion of a training program and a state-issued license or certification may be required, depending on the state; you must also be at least 18 years old, have a driver’s license, and have no criminal history.
How long does it take to become a process server?
Filling out paperwork, attending our process server orientation course, and submitting a background check take about 3-5 days on average.
Is Process Server a dangerous job?
Process servers, in fact, perform an important legal function; it is extremely rare for a process server to disguise themselves as someone other than a person with legal papers to deliver. Process serving is not an inherently dangerous job.
Can anyone be a process server?
In many states, any US citizen who is not a party to the case, is over the age of 18, and lives in the state where the case will be tried in court can now serve papers; however, process serving laws vary from state to state and are subject to change.
How many attempts will a process server make?
Process servers typically make three attempts to serve someone, each at a different time of day and on different days, in order to maximize our chances of serving the papers.
What happens if a process server can’t serve you?
“What Happens if a Process Server Can’t Serve You?” is a simple question with a simple answer: the court continues without you, evidence is presented without your rebuttal or defense, and a judgment is issued.
Can process servers carry gun?
While they acknowledge that many of their servers carry guns on the job, their ultimate goal is to serve their customers, who have stated that process servers cannot carry guns in order to continue doing business with these companies.
Does a process server make good money?
Most process servers are paid between $30 and $250 per document served, and they can earn anywhere from $25,000 to $70,000 per year, but it isn’t always easy. Before you sign up, watch All Worked Up on truTV to see a process server in action.
Do process servers wear disguises?
Yes, process servers can wear disguises. In the past, serving papers while disguised has been an effective method of serving papers because the defendant is unaware that the person approaching them is a process server and thus has their guard down.
Can you sue a process server?
Under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act [PDF], process servers are generally immune from lawsuits.
How many times can a process server come to your house?
A process server can usually come to your home as many times as they want, but they will usually make three attempts, one in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one in the evening, on different days of the week to maximize their chances of reaching you.
When can a process server serve papers?
You must allow Process Servers Zone 7 to 10 days from the time the Process Server receives the documents for the documents to be served; if you need the documents served sooner, select urgent service when paying and your documents will be given priority.
Do process servers lie?
Process servers cannot act as if they are delivering a pizza to someone and then hand them court documents instead of the pizza; you may have seen such tactics in movies, but they are illegal. Process servers must be honest about who they are, their job, and their motivation.
What can a process server legally do?
They can do a variety of things, such as file papers and retrieve documents from the court, but their main job is serving legal documents. To “serve” a document, the process server hands it over to someone involved in the case.
How do you know if you’re being served?
Contact the Clerk’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office, or another person authorized to serve process (licensed detective) several days before the summons Return Date to see if your complaint and summons were delivered/ served on the defendant(s).