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The Private Process Server Program governs the certification of private process servers in Arizona.
In order to act as a private process server in Arizona, all potential servers must be certified and comply with the requirements of the Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 11, the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure, administrative orders, and the administrative rules adopted by the Arizona Supreme Court.
On November 27, 2002, Chief Justice Jones of the Arizona Supreme Court signed Administrative Order No. 2002-110, enacting new administrative rules for the Private Process Server Program. The Arizona Code of Judicial Administration §7-204: Private Process Server took effect on January 1, 2003. This code replaced the prior guidelines for private process servers, as originally adopted by Administrative Order No. 94-20.
Process servers are responsible for knowing and following the provisions of Arizona Code of Judicial Administration, Private Process Server - § 7-204, Rule 4(e) and Arizona Revised Statute § 11-445.
In order to become a process server in Arizona, register in accordance with the guidelines established by the Arizona Supreme Court. You must contact the Superior Court in the county in which you reside:
After certification, the private process server shall be entitled to serve for any court of the state anywhere within the state.
All certificates expire three years from the date issued at midnight. Unless the certificate holder submits a renewal application and pays the accompanying fees by the expiration date, the certification will expire.
In order to maintain certification, process servers must complete at least ten hours of approved continuing education every twelve months. The private process server will submit documentation of completion of the courses via an approved form along with the application for renewal of certification.
NOTE: The requirements to become a process server change from time to time. You should contact your local county clerk or recorder to make sure the following information regarding becoming a process server in your state is still accurate.
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