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Though process servers serving in Georgia are not generally required to be licensed by the state, some county courts require process servers to register with their specific court systems, pass a background check, and be appointed by a court administrator or judge.
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In the case of appointment, service of process shall be conducted by the sheriff of the county where the action is brought or by someone who has been specifically appointed by the court to serve, such as a process server. Some of the courts require that you become a certified process server in order to be appointed in their court.
In order to be appointed by the court to serve, you must complete the applications for each court in each county in which you would like to be appointed. Check each court’s website for applications and necessary forms. Once you have completed the application, return the completed packet to the Clerk for court approval. Be aware that most of the courts have deadlines for submitting applications.
If the court does not appoint a process server for the service, a motion and order for special appointment must be submitted for the case. Process shall be served by the sheriff of the county where the action is brought or where the defendant is found, or by his deputy, or by the marshal or sheriff of the court, or by his deputy, or by any citizen of the United States specially appointed by the court for that purpose or by someone who is not a party and is not younger than 18 years of age and has been appointed as a permanent process server by the court in which the action is brought.
If you are seeking process server certification in Georgia, here are the basic requirements to be certified under OCGA 9-11-4.1 (keep in mind these are not requirements for appointment):
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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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