Civil Process Unit
Pasco Sheriff’s Office Civil Process Unit carries out the Sheriff’s statutory responsibility for service of process and execution of writs. These judicial process documents originate from the courts, governmental agencies and attorneys in Florida, as well as throughout the United States. Additionally the Unit also enforces levies and conducts levy sales to aid in the collection of money judgments. Annually, the Civil Process Unit processes and serves more than 30,000 documents.
Pasco Sheriff’s Office does not serve civil subpoenas, civil summons, or any other type of private court process. Florida State Statutes require the Sheriff’s Office to serve all enforceable civil processes. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office will serve the following process:
- State Witness Subpoenas – Issued by the State Attorney or Public Defender
- Writ of Garnishment/Government entity only
- Writ of Replevin
- Writ of Possession
- Child Custody Pick-up orders
- Domestic Violence Injunctions for protection against repeat violence
- Ex-Parte Baker Act and Marchman Orders issued by the Court
- Any other process issued by a governmental entity or for indigent parties
The law allows for appointed private process servers to serve non-enforceable civil summons or subpoenas. This fiscally prudent measure allows the Sheriff to utilize staff for responsibilities required by law.
An up to date list of appointed process servers can be found at the Pasco Clerk and Comptroller’s Office on their website: http://www.pascoclerk.com/public-courts-svcs-info.asp. If you would like more information on how to become a Special Process Server, please click here.
For information about having your documents served, call the Civil Process Unit at (727) 847-5878 or (352) 518-5000. Our offices are located at 8700 Citizen Drive, New Port Richey, FL 34654 (entrance is on the back of the building facing Government Drive) and 36409 State Road 52, Dade City, FL 33525. We are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For service of process, at a minimum, you must provide the Civil Process Unit with the original process or certified copy with a copy for service for each individual, the best address available where the document is to be served, and postage paid envelope(s) to return all documents.
Personal checks are not accepted; only cashier’s checks, money orders, and business checks are accepted for payment of fees for the service of process. Fees for service of process are dictated by Florida Statute and are nonrefundable pursuant to Ch. 30.231, Florida Statutes.
Any further questions can be directed to the Civil Process Unit at 727-847-5878 or 352-518-5000.
Questions Regarding the Service of Process
The Civil Unit does not provide legal advice or assist in the preparation of documents. For more information regarding commonly served documents; please see below:
Subpoenas: Questions about a case for which you are being subpoenaed should be directed to the party who issued the subpoena. The Sheriff’s Office is merely the agency responsible for serving the subpoena and will have no knowledge about the case.
Landlord/Tenant Issues and Evictions: Please review the information on the website of the Pasco County Clerk of the Circuit Court, www.pascoclerk.com, for Landlord/Tenant Forms to complete an eviction. This website has additional information on civil and small claims court actions.
You may also wish to consult the Florida State Statutes on Landlord/Tenant matters online by going to http://www.leg.state.fl.us/. As with any legal matter, you may desire to seek the advice of a competent attorney if you still have questions.
Levy Information: If you have a question about a Levy, Judgment, or Writ of Replevin, please call the Pasco Sheriff’s Office Civil Process Unit at (727) 847-5878, ext. 7366.
Out of State Summons Service: If you wish to have an out of state summons served, and you are not a government entity, you will need to contract with a Private Process Server, go to: http://www.pascoclerk.com/public-courts-svcs-info.asp
If you are a government entity and need service of process, please mail to this address:
Pasco Sheriff’s Office
Attention: Civil Process Unit
8700 Citizen Drive
New Port Richey, FL 34654
The amount of the check should be $43.00, made payable to Pasco Sheriff. You will need to send two copies of everything to be served and one of the copies MUST have the original authentic court seal.
Baker Act or Marchman Orders: For information pertaining to the issuance of a Court Ordered Baker Act or Marchman Act, please contact the Pasco Clerk of the Court, Probate Division at (727) 847-2411.
Fees for the Service of Process
|Type of Service||Individual Cost|
|Summons and Complaint||$40|
|Order to Show Cause||$40|
|Alias and Pluries||$40|
|Out of State Papers**||$43|
|Writ of Attachment||$90|
|Writ of Possession/Ejectment||$90|
|Writ of Garnishment||$90|
|Writ of Replevin||$90|
|Writ of Replevin & Notice of Hearing||$90|
|Distress Writ (Service Only)||$40|
|Writs of Execution (Levy)||Execution Fee $50, plus applicable deposits
Advertising Sale $40, plus cost
Conducting Sale $40
Sheriff’s Deed/Bill of Sale $40
Mail/Postage at Current Postal Rates
See notes below for more information on the levy process
**Notice regarding Foreign and Out of State Process – The Pasco Sheriff’s Office serves process in accordance with Florida Statute 48.031 and the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure. Process that needs to be served outside these guidelines will have to be handled by a Private Process Server.
A cost deposit is required prior to the levy or seizure of any property. The following amounts are minimum deposit requirements and additional monies may be required during the life of the case. Cost deposit checks are to be made out independent of all other fees.
|Type of Deposit||Cost|
|Single Craft(s) up to 20ft||$2,000 for each craft|
|Any craft exceeding 20ft||$3,000|
|Residence Single Family||$800|
|Mobile Home/Travel Trailer (in place)||$800|
|Mobile Home/Travel Trailer (stored)||$5,000|
|Single Vehicle 2 tons or less||$2,000|
|Single Vehicle Exceeding 2 tons||Min. $3,000; Please call with details for calculation|
|Office/Home Furnishings||Varies depending on moving/storage|
|Real Estate (Vacant Land)||$800|
|Stocks, Bonds, Jewelry||$800|
|Tractor, Trailer, or both||$3,000|
A $250.00 minimum cost deposit, when required, for labor for removing personal property, furniture, etc.
A $100.00 minimum cost deposit for locksmith services.
The Sheriff shall be allowed actual expenses for levying, safekeeping, and sale of property under levy. Levy deposits are refundable before a levy is made or after a levy is completed and all outstanding costs and fees are paid.