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Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure

Does a process server have to be licensed in Nevada?

Yes. Find out how to obtain your Nevada Process Servers License, or visit’s Become a Nevada Process Server page.

Nevada Process Server Licensing Requirements

It is required that all process servers are licensed and 21, or over, two-years experience as a process server and insurance against liability to third persons with limits of no less then $200,000. No bonding is required. However, applicants must deposit $750 upon submitting their application to pay for a background investigation, the maximum an applicant can be charged for a background check is $1500. Applicants must also pass a written application and may be required to pass an oral exam as well. Licenses are issued by the Nevada Private Investigator’s Licensing Board. Nevada is the most expensive state in the nation to get licensed. [Nevada Revised Statutes §648.110 and §648.135]

Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure

Please note that lobbyists are active in the state of Nevada and laws concerning civil procedure and process serving can change. Therefore the information listed below may have been amended. For updated process serving legislation, please visit the Nevada Courts, Judiciary and Laws website.

Rule 4. Process

  • Summons: Issuance. Upon the filing of the complaint, the clerk shall forthwith issue a summons and deliver it to the plaintiff or to the plaintiff’s attorney, who shall be responsible for service of the summons and a copy of the complaint. Upon request of the plaintiff, separate or additional summons shall issue against any defendants.
  • Same: Form.The summons shall be signed by the clerk, be under the seal of the court, contain the name of the court and county and the names of the parties, be directed to the defendant, state the name and address of the plaintiff’s attorney, if any, otherwise the plaintiff’s address, and the time within which these rules require the defendant to appear and defend, and shall notify him that in case of his failure to do so judgment by default will be rendered against him for the relief demanded in the complaint. When service of the summons is made by publication, the summons shall, in addition to any special statutory requirements, also contain a brief statement of the object of the action substantially as follows: “This action is brought to recover a judgment dissolving the contract of marriage (or bonds of matrimony) existing between you and the plaintiff,” or “foreclosing the mortgage of plaintiff upon the land (or other property) described in complaint,” or as the case may be.
    1. By Whom Served. Process shall be served by the sheriff of the county where the defendant is found, or by his deputy, or by any citizen of the United States over eighteen years of age, except that a subpoena may be served as provided in Rule 45; where the service of process is made outside of the United States, after an order of publication, it may be served either by any citizen of the United States over eighteen years of age or by any resident of the country, territory, colony or province, who is over eighteen years of age.
    2. Summons: Personal Service. The summons and complaint shall be served together. The plaintiff shall furnish the person making service with such copies as are necessary. Service shall be made by delivering a copy of the summons attached to a copy of the complaint.

You should contact a Nevada Process Server if you have specific questions about Process Serving in Nevada.