The Chief Judge, through Court Administration, authorizes and regulates Certified Process Servers in the 12th Judicial Circuit. These individuals are responsible for serving initial non-enforceable civil process issued within the 12th Judicial Circuit.
We are still accepting Process Server Applications In-Person:
However, because the Court is still operating in Phase I we are limiting the amount of people in the building and everyone entering must go through a health screening (5 questions and a temperature check). You must also wear a mask to be able to enter the building. Unfortunately there are limited hours of operation in Phase I so you will need to bring your completed application packet and a copy of your Driver’s License to the 8th floor Monday through Friday 8:30a – 3:30p.
Once your application has been reviewed and approved by the Chief Judge you will receive a call to schedule an appointment to be sworn in and have a photo ID made. Swearing in and photo ID will be done by appointment only.
The purpose of civil process is to provide notice to defendants and other interested persons that a judicial action or proceeding has been initiated. The court may not proceed with a judicial action/proceeding until delivery of process has been confirmed.
To become a certified Process Server in the 12th Judicial Circuit you may apply during the current enrollment period of July 1, 2020 through August 31, 2020. The application is posted below. In order for us to begin processing your application, we must have all the required documents. Please do not submit an application with missing documents, as it will be returned to you. In addition to the completed application, you must pay a processing fee, complete a favorable background investigation, pass an examination and obtain a $5,000 bond.
2020-2021 Process Server Application & Certification of Good Conduct
Please review Chapter 48, Florida Statutes (2015), Sections 48.021 and 48.25-48.31 (the “Florida Certified Process Server Act”). See also, 12th Judicial Circuit Administrative Order 2015-24.2, dated 12/30/2015; Florida Rules of Civil Procedure 1.070(b); and Florida Small Claims Rule 7.070.