Applying to Become a Special Process Server

 
The 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 law allows for appointed private process servers to serve non-enforceable civil summons or subpoenas.  This fiscally prudent measure will allow 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

Any further questions can be directed to the Civil Process Unit at 727-847-5878 or 352-518-5000.

For those interesting in becoming a Special Process Server, please refer to the instructions below.

A. INSTRUCTIONS FOR NEW PROCESS SERVERS

      1. Download and complete the Special Process Server Application. The last page requires a notary. Link to application.
      2. Complete an approved civil process service training course with a passing score of 85% or higher. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office authorizes training through the St. Petersburg College, College of Public Safety (727-341-4500 or https://spcollege.augusoft.net/ – the courses are listed under columns Public Safety/Judicial Process Server) or Avalon Legal Information Services, Inc. (386-760-6520 or http://www.civilprocesstraining.com/).
      3. Obtain a bond in the amount of $5,000 with a surety company authorized to do business in this state for the benefit of any person wrongfully injured by any malfeasance, misfeasance, neglect of duty, or incompetence of the application, in connection with his or her duties as a process server (contact your insurance company).
      4. Provide three letters of recommendation addressed to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office; at least one letter must be from an active member of the Florida Bar.
      5. Include a check in the amount of $250.00 made payable to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office
      6. Submit your fingerprints electronically for the purposes of a criminal background check. To complete this, you will need to submit your fingerprints through a LiveScan vendor to the PSO Civil Process Unit. Our ORI number that you will need to provide to the vendor is: FL751029Z. Once your fingerprints have been submitted, the vendor will provide you with a transaction number. In order to complete the submission process, you must go to this web site: https://caps.fdle.state.fl.us/caps/app/start and pay the background check fee directly to FDLE. The results of your criminal history check will be electronically delivered directly to the Civil Process Unit. For reference purposes, please include a copy of your receipt from the FDLE payment system as verification of completion.

      For your convenience, the Pasco County Tax Collector’s Office offers public fingerprinting services 5 days a week. For more information on their schedule and locations, please see their web site at http://pascotaxes.com/general-info/public-fingerprinting/

      1. Deliver your completed application, proof of training, copy of surety bond, letters of recommendation, and application fee to the Civil Process Unit, 8700 Citizen Dr., New Port Richey, FL 34654. You may drop the packet off in person at our office or mail it in.
      2. Once your complete application packet and the results of your background check have been received, your application will be reviewed with our General Counsel’s Office before submission to the Office of the Sheriff for approval. You will be notified when your application is approved or denied. If approved, you will be given instructions on how to obtain your process server identification card.
A. INSTRUCTIONS FOR RENEWAL APPLICATION
      1. Download and complete the Special Process Server Application. The last page requires a notary. Link to application.
      2. Complete an approved civil process service refresher training course with a passing score of 85% or better during the preceding year. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office authorizes training through the St. Petersburg College, College of Public Safety (727-341-4500 or https://spcollege.augusoft.net/ – the courses are listed under columns Public Safety/Judicial Process Server) or Avalon Legal Information Services, Inc. (386-760-6520 or http://www.civilprocesstraining.com/ ).
      3. Obtain a bond in the amount of $5,000 with a surety company authorized to do business in this state for the benefit of any person wrongfully injured by any malfeasance, misfeasance, neglect of duty, or incompetence of the application, in connection with his or her duties as a process server (contact your insurance company).
      4. Provide three current letters of recommendation addressed to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office; at least one letter must be from an active member of the Florida Bar. You may not resubmit the same letters used in previous applications, however updated letters from the same person(s) are acceptable.
      5. Include a check in the amount of $200.00 made payable to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office
      6. Submit your fingerprints electronically for the purposes of an updated criminal background check. To complete this, you will need to submit your fingerprints through a LiveScan vendor to the PSO Civil Process Unit. Our ORI number that you will need to provide to the vendor is: FL751029Z. Once your fingerprints have been submitted, the vendor will provide you with a transaction number. In order to complete the submission process, you must go to this web site: https://caps.fdle.state.fl.us/caps/app/start and pay the background check fee directly to FDLE. The results of your criminal history check will be electronically delivered directly to the Civil Process Unit; you no longer need to wait for the results to submit your renewal packet. For reference purposes, please include a copy of your receipt from the FDLE payment system as verification of completion.