PROCESS SERVER LAWS ARKANSAS

(4) hold a valid Arkansas driver’s license; and
(5) demonstrate familiarity with the various documents to be served. Each judicial district may, with the concurrence of all the circuit judges in that district, prescribe additional qualifications. 

Administrative Order Number 20 was adopted in 2007 and amended in December of 2008. This provision seeks to institute some uniformity in the appointment of private process servers as some courts had more elaborate requirements and procedures than others.3 

Under Arkansas’ Rule 4(c) of the Civil Rules of Procedure, service of summons shall be made by a sheriff or his or her deputy, persons appointed pursuant to Administrative Order Number 20, or by any person authorized to serve process under the law of the place outside the state where service is made.4 

Appended Applicable Provisions: 

Arkansas Supreme Court Order Number 20 – private civil process server appointment, qualifications 

Appended Materials: 

  • Application for Appointment and Authorization to Serve Legal Process
  • Affidavit of Applicant
  • Order of Appointment as Process Server
    Application for Renewal of Appointment and Authorization to Serve Legal Process 


3 Interview with Larry Brady, Court Services Director, Administrative Office of the Courts (Apr. 9, 2009). 4 Arkansas Rule of Civil Procedure 4(c) provides as follows:
(c) By Whom Served Service of summons shall be made by (1) a sheriff of the county where the service is to be made, or his or her deputy, unless the sheriff is a party to the action; (2) any person appointed pursuant to Administrative Order No. 20 for the purpose of serving summons by either the court in which the action is filed or a court in the county in which service is to be made; (3) any person authorized to serve process under the law of the place outside this state where service is made; or (4) in the event of service by mail or commercial delivery company pursuant to subdivision (d)(8) of this rule, by the plaintiff or an attorney of record for the plaintiff. 

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