While there exists a wide array of server licensing and registration requirements, some states are making the move toward certifying and registering process servers. Hawaii is one of the most recent with HB 1280, proposing legislation that would create a group to look more deeply into the issues of certification and registration.
The interesting part about this bill is that it does not move immediately to implement such a system but instead looks to a number of individuals associated with the industry to provide input as to the best possible development and process. The group, which would be composed of ten members, is to include two process servers who are to be appointed to the governor. While there’s no compensation it’s a great opportunity to make sure the recommendations are influenced by those who have field experience.
Another piece of this legislation would allow the director of public safety to keep a list of all independent process servers. If passed, process servers could submit to be added to the list, provided they aren’t serving a criminal sentence or have been convicted of a crime within the past 10 years, are subject to any legal restriction such as a restraining order or are required to register as a sex offender.
The bill has passed the House as well as the first reading in Senate. It’s apparent it will be some time before Hawaii sees any type of registration requirement, but it certainly appears to be a part of the future of process servers in the Aloha State.