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Become a Florida Process Server

There is currently no statewide license. Each of Florida’s 67 counties has its own requirements, with some counties offering no licensure at all. Licensure can be broken down into two categories with 4 counties that have both:

  1. Court-Certified: The judicial district licenses process servers in 40 counties in the state. In regards to bonding and insurance, each has its own requirements. Contact the Court Administrator's office if you are interested in a county that offers court-certification.
  2. Sheriff-Appointed: County Sheriffs appoint process servers in 9 counties in the state. For more information about a particular county, contact that county’s sheriff.

Motion & Order: 14 counties in the state don’t have a process server program. In these counties, a judge will appoint you to serve the paper for each individual serve.

If you obtain a license in one jurisdiction, whether court-certified or sheriff-appointed, that license cannot be used to serve in any other area. You must be properly licensed in each area in which you serve.

Use the image below to determine which method your county uses to license process servers.

Florida Process Server Appointment by County

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Requirements to Become a Certified Florida Process Server

  • 18 years old or older
  • No mental or legal disability
  • Permanent Florida resident
  • Clean background check
  • Passage of an exam
  • Certificate of Good Conduct

Contact the Florida Association of Professional Process Servers (FAPPS) for further information at [email protected] or (321) 952-0820.


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.

Help us stay current. If you know of changes to legislation that affect process serving serving in your state, please let us know.

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