California does not require training, education or licensing for civil process servers.The state, however, does require registration of individuals who serve more than 10 services of process within the state in one year for compensation. Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 22350. Process servers register with the county clerk of the county in which they reside or have their principal place of business. Process server organizations must also register.
Alaska has extensive regulation of private process servers. Private process servers are licensed by the Alaska State Department of Public Safety . See e.g., Alaska R. Civ. P.(c); 13 Alaska Admin. Code § 67.010. The Department has issued detailed regulations, which include an examination. 13 Alaska Admin. Code § 67.100.
The Department requires a passing grade of at least 80%. The test contains 50 questions, 25 multiple choice and 25 True or False. The Department makes available a study guide, which we requested but never received.
Alaska regulations also govern qualifications of process servers, 13 Alaska Admin. Code § 67.020; set out standards of professional conduct, § 67.180; impose bond requirements on process servers and process service firms, § 67.920; and require publication of process server fees and that such fees be “reasonable,” 67.220.
If you have ever been involved with a legal matter, chances are that you have dealt with a process server. The role of a process server is simple: he or she delivers court summons to those who are party to a legal proceeding. However, the job is rarely as easy as it sounds. Here is what is truly involved in process serving. Continue reading