Process Server Requirements Vary Greatly Across the Country

By July 1, 2013 August 12th, 2014 3 Comments

I recently came across this piece from the Fordham Law School on process server requirements and provisions by state. Granted the information is from 2009 and some states have seen some changes in these provisions, such as New York, but it is interesting to see the disparity between certification requirements, registration and insurance.

Because on a national level there have not been an overwhelmingly significant number of changes, the data used in this post is from 2009.  After creating a visual of the Fordham data, it’s easy to see the distinct divide in regard to requirements across the country.


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The above information seems to highlight a recent discussion among process servers as to whether requirements and education should be more uniform nationwide. Some argue this would help limit instances of sewer service and set more structure for the industry as the role of process servers has come into greater scrutiny in the past few years.

I’ll be going more in depth on this report in the coming weeks but want to hear some feedback. Is the difference in requirements a non-issue or is it something that should be addressed?

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  • Pat Rupprecht says:

    Just wanted to let you know I enjoy your articles.

  • Amanda Sexton says:

    Happy to hear it Pat. I appreciate the feedback. There’s more to come!

  • AJ Koch says:

    Good training and being licensed is very important in this business. Unfortunately, some process servers are not aware how important their job really is. There is so much more to this kind of work. Having a license and some training provides the new PS with at least some knowledge of current laws and hopefully raises awareness of the importance to be diligent. Not mentioning how to effective skip trace and what databases are available. In my opinion, it is also most important to stay current with new laws and changes in the legal system in general. I am a process sever and private investigator for over 5 years now and I am still learning new things all the time. Hardly two serves are the same. What your client thinks is an easy serve, mostly turns out to be one of the hard ones. Knowing what you legally can and cannot do makes all the difference.

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