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What Is a Process Server and How to Become One

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What Are Process Servers?

As a process server, you deliver legal documents such as notices, complaints, court summons, and subpoenas to people or defendants involved in lawsuits or court proceedings. You must follow state and federal laws when serving papers to individuals.

How to Become a Process Server

The minimum qualifications to become a process server include having a valid driver’s license, passing a background check, and being at least 18 years old. Your state may require you to complete a training program or obtain a license or certification to work as a process server. You need to know the state and federal laws for serving papers, so attending a training program is the best way to ensure that you have the necessary knowledge and skills. Colleges, sheriff’s offices, and state associations offer training programs for process servers. You need excellent communication skills and polite manners to be a process server because people may become angry or aggressive when you serve them with legal papers. Learning a foreign language that’s common in your region is helpful as you may have to interact with individuals who don’t speak English.

How Are Process Servers Paid?

As a process server, you are paid by your employer or by your clients if you’re self-employed. You can find process server jobs at law offices, collection agencies, and in criminal justice systems. Whether you work for a company, an agency, or yourself, your job duties as a process server will remain the same: to serve legal documents to defendants and other individuals involved in legal proceedings.