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Become an Illinois Process Server

Requirements to Become a Process Server in Illinois

  • There is no statewide licensing law in Illinois; however, a person licensed in Illinois as a “private detective” may serve original process in all counties except for Cook County without special appointment. In order for PIs to serve in Cook County, the court upon motion and in its discretion, may appoint a “private detective agency” as a special process server in lieu of an individual.
  • It is not necessary that service be made only by a sheriff or PI. Private persons over the age of eighteen (18), upon motion, may be appointed by the court to serve original process.
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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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