How To Become A Certified Process Server

Becoming a certified process server is not as simple as showing up to the local courthouse, grabbing some legal papers and then heading out into the world to serve them on the people named in the documents. Process servers carry a lot of sensitive information, and have a great responsibility to ensure that this information is properly protected and safeguarded. Process servers also need to ensure that paperwork is served on interested parties in a timely manner, as individuals may be penalized by the courts and government agencies for not responding within a given amount of time. This career field is a rewarding field, both financially and mentally. The following requirements must be met before an individual may become a certified process server.

Education Requirements

There are no educational requirements to become a process server, beyond a high school diploma or GED. No college education is required for this job. However, each state has different rules on courses in ethics and procedures service of process for aspiring process servers. Since each state and each county has its own rules on this subject, it is imperative that an aspiring process server contact their local courthouse for more information, or utilize the Internet to find the latest training requirements for the location in which a job is desired. 

License and Bond

Each process server is required to be licensed and bonded. Again, each state and county has its own specific rules on the licensing of process servers, so it is important to contact the courthouse directly. Each process server should have professional insurance or be bonded by a company that specializes in bonding for legal workers. This protects the process server in the event that there is a legal issue with a service of process that the server performed. Bond amounts differ for process servers, as well, and again, this information can be obtained at the local courthouse. While it is not necessary, process servers are advised to become a Notary Public in their county as well. This requires a short training class and obtaining a bond to protect the notary.


Certification by a national certifying body for process servers is not required, but obtaining this certification can be beneficial for the process server. Certifications will help a process server get more work, and also provides knowledge and training that may not otherwise be received. Certification typically requires several hours of training, a test, and a certification fee from the process server.

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