DCA Grants Grace Period to NYC Process Servers

By February 26, 2014 May 5th, 2014 No Comments

NYSPPSA has thankfully received a quick response to Larry Yellon’s letter to the DCA requesting a grace period for NYC process server license renewals. The DCA has granted an extension, allowing process servers to continue to operate through March 31, 2014.

All process servers have been mailed a letter stating such and are required to keep this letter on them while serving in order to be in compliance. In order for the letter to be effective you must have the original letter, not a copy or a printed version.

See below for the text of the DCA’s letter to Larry Yellon.



Dear Mr. Yellon:

I write in reply to your February 21, 2014 letter.

Please be advised that the Department today is mailing temporary operating letters to process server individuals with licenses due to expire on February 28, 2014 that states the following:

Temporary Permission to Operate THROUGH MARCH 31, 2014

The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has given permission to the Process Server Individual named above to operate through March 31, 2014.  

Process Server Individuals must have this original letter in their possession when serving process, filing court papers, or appearing in court.

Individuals must complete all requirements to renew a license by March 31.  Requirements are
outlined in the renewal packet that DCA mailed, along with instructions to schedule the Process
Server Individual exam and to submit required documents in person, by mail, or online. Questions about requirements should be directed to DCA’s Renewal Unit at (212) 487-4060.

This temporary operating letter is valid through March 31, 2014.

With respect to your question concerning the requirement stated in the FAQ that an applicant
pay a new application fee upon failing the process server exam twice, please be advised that the
policy is not new.  The Department applied the same policy during the prior process server renewal period.  In addition, whenever an application for a license in any category licensed by DCA is denied, the applicant must submit a new application fee with the subsequent application.

Sanford M. Cohen

Executive Deputy General Counsel

NYC  Department of Consumer Affairs

42 Broadway, 8th Floor

New York, NY 10004

Tel:  (212) 436-0159  – Please note my new phone


Fax: (646) 500-5962




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