A court process server delivers documents to parties involved in court proceedings. This can include such legal documents as subpoenas, complaints and court orders. The job usually requires applicants to have day, night and weekend availability, as process servers have to deliver documents whenever the recipients are available to receive them. However, you can find both part-time and full-time jobs in this field.
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Seek Education and Training
Enroll in an education/training program for process servers after graduating from high school or earning a GED. Though most states don’t require applicants to have formal education for process serving, some employers may consider your application more favorably if you have completed a training program. Such educational programs typically teach students about the laws applicable to process serving and ethical behavior. They may also provide advice for handling the challenges process servers face, such as confrontational recipients.
Research State-Specific Requirements
Contact your jurisdiction’s court clerk’s office to learn the requirements for becoming a court process server in your state, or visit the National Association of Professional Process Servers’ (NAPPS) website. The NAPPS maintains a list of state licensing/registration requirements on its website. Alaska and Oklahoma are among the states that require licensing while California and Arizona require registration. Alabama, on the other hand, does not require process servers to seek licensing. In addition, some counties or cities require licensing, certification or registration, even if there are no statewide requirements. For example, New York City has licensing requirements for process servers.
Get Licensed or Registered
Seek licensing, registration or certification as a process server if your state requires it. The requirements vary from state to state but often include getting bonded, which involves paying an insurance or surety company to insure you against financial loss due to poor decisions or failure to adhere to your jurisdiction’s laws. In many states, aspiring court process servers must also submit to background checks and agree to fingerprinting as a condition of employment. Some states require court process servers to pass a Rules of Civil Procedure examination or a similar test as well.
Seek experience before you apply for your first job. Volunteer at a law office or other legal organization. You might even find volunteer or internship opportunities with a company that hires process servers. Volunteering in such a setting can help you learn more about the legal processes involved in serving court documents. It also provides the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about process serving. In addition, it can prove helpful for obtaining references and recommendations you can use to land a paying job.
Search for a Job
Include multiple resources in your job search. You may find process server jobs in your local newspaper and via online job boards. Process server associations often maintain job listings as well. Contact local process server companies to inquire about job openings and call nearby law firms to find out if they need your services. In addition, if you enroll in a training program in preparation for this job, your trainers may provide advice helpful for landing your first job.