A process server delivers or serves legal documents to individuals involved in court cases. They also perform other tasks such as filing and retrieving court documents and providing proof of service after documents have been delivered.
The process server surety bond is a legal contract that says you, as a process server, will obey state rules and regulations while completing your duties. Each state has specific ways in which this must be carried out.
The process server bond is there to protect individuals in case a process server is found liable for damages to a plaintiff and becomes financially insolvent. A claim against the bond may be filed, and if money for damages is awarded the surety bond will pay out to the maximum value of the bond. You, as the process server found liable, would be responsible to pay back the award amount to the issuer of the bond.
The cost of a surety bond for process servers is typically a small fraction of the bond’s full coverage amount (also known as the penal sum). The coverage amount varies from state to state.
A process server surety bond is part of the licensing requirements for process servers in several states, including California, Florida, New York, and Oklahoma. If you are researching how to become a process server, be aware that you’ll need a surety bond in each state where you provide services.
When researching how to become a process server in your state, you’ll learn whether a surety bond is required as part of your registration process.
Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the licensing requirements where you intend to work, here are the general steps to qualify for a process server’s bond:
License bonds for process servers in California, Florida, New York, and Oklahoma are available through NNA Surety Bonds.