Process Server Surety Bonds

What is a process server surety bond?

The process server surety bond is a legal contract that says you, as a process server, will obey state rules and regulations while delivering legal documents to a defendant in a court case. Each state has specific ways in which this must be carried out.

Process servers also perform other tasks such as filing and retrieving court documents, and providing proof of service after documents have been delivered.

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, you are responsible to pay it back.

Why do process servers need surety bonds?

This type of bond is part of the licensing requirements for process servers in several states, including California, Florida and New York. 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.

How much does a process server surety bond cost?

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 itself varies from state to state.

  • California requires process servers to carry a two-year, $2,000 surety bond, which costs just $49 annually.
  • Process servers in New York must maintain a $10,000 surety bond, which has a two-year term and an annual premium of $175.
  • Oklahoma process servers must carry a $5,000 bond, which you can obtain for an annual premium of $50.
  • The state of Florida requires its process servers to obtain a $5,000 license surety bond, which will just cost $100 annually.

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Qualifying for a process server’s bond

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:

    1. Obtain and complete all necessary registration forms to become a process server.
    2. Get fingerprinted (required for licensure in certain states).
    3. Request a free surety bond quote from a credible bonding agency like NNA Surety Bonds.
    4. Sign the contract and pay your premium.
    5. Receive your bond.

Get bonded in your state

License bonds for process servers in California, Florida, New York, and Oklahoma are available through NNA Surety Bonds.

To learn more about getting the surety bond required in your location, contact us or submit a free quote request.

What else should I know about being a process server?

Process servers do a variety of things, but their primary responsibility is making sure documents such as warrants, writs, complaints, summonses, and subpoenas get to the correct recipient and get there on time. These court documents are known as process, giving the profession its name.

If you want to know how to become a process server in California, for example, here are the basic steps you should take:

  1. Complete a registration form.
  2. Get fingerprinted (to verify that you have not committed a felony).
  3. Obtain your process server surety bond.
  4. Provide passport photos of yourself for photo ID.
  5. Pay some minor processing fees, such as one for your ID card and a recording fee.
  6. Take all items collected above and go before the county clerk.

Please note that steps can vary from county to county and from state to state; the information above is meant only as a general guide.

State resources for becoming a process server


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