In some states you must register to become a licensed or certified private process server.
If you aren't licensed or aren't sure if you need a license, search online for instructions on how to register to become licensed in your state or county, or check the list of states that require registrations below.
Private process servers are required to be licensed as civilian process servers by the Alaska Commissioner of Public Safety.
Process servers are required to register as a certified private process server with the Superior Court of Arizona.
Individuals who serve process in the State of Arkansas are required to be appointed by the Circuit Court or County Court. Contact your county court to inquire about getting appointed! Here is a link with downloadable forms.
Process servers in California are required to apply and be registered in the county they serve in. Registration is statewide, and the individual must have lived in California for at least one year. No classes or training is required. Every applicant is required to post a $2,000 bond or cash deposit. Contact your County Clerk’s office for information on how to register.
Any permanent resident over 18 can serve process. Most counties require process servers to be appointed by the sheriff.
Process servers in Georgia are required to be certified by the Georgia Sheriff’s Association.
In addition process servers need to be appointed by the court for each county they serve process in. Contact your local county court for more information!Illinois
In counties with a population of less than 2,000,000, process may be served, without special appointment, by a person who is licensed or registered as a private detective under the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, and Locksmith Act of 2004 or by a registered employee of a private detective agency certified under that Act.
Process servers in the City of St Louis are required to be certified by the sheriff.
There is no state-wide certification, and the only counties that require process servers to be appointed are Jackson and Pettis Counties.
Anyone making more than 10 services of process in a calendar year is required to register with the Montana Department of Labor.
Process servers in Nevada are required to be licensed through the state.
There is no state-wide certification, but process servers in NYC are required to be certified by the Department of Consumer Affairs.
Process servers in Oklahoma are required to be licensed by the state.
Process servers are required to be licensed as Constables by the Chief Judge of the District Court.Tennessee
There is no state-wide registration in Tennessee, but some counties like Shelby and Knox require process servers to be appointed.
Process servers in Texas are required to be certified by the Judicial Branch Certification Commission.
You can take the certification course for free on our training website!Vermont
There is no state-wide registration, but process servers in Vermont must be authorized by the county court in which they are serving. Contact your county court for more information.
Process servers in Washington are required to register with the auditor of the county in which they reside or operate their business.