There is no statewide licensing law for process serving in Illinois so you do not need a license in order to be a process server in Illinois. However, a licensed private detective can serve process without special appointment in all counties except for Cook County.
In Cook County, a court will appoint either a private detective agency or an individual over the age of 18 of their choosing to serve original process.
If you are not a private detective but want to be considered for appointment as a process server in Cook County, you must:
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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