The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Civil Unit carries out the Sheriff's statutory responsibility for the service of process and execution of writs. These judicial process documents originate from the courts, governmental agencies and private attorneys in Florida and throughout the United States.
The Civil Unit also enforces levies and conducts Sheriff's sales to aid in the collection of money judgments. Annually, the Civil Unit processes and serves more than 40,000 documents.
For information about having your documents served, call the Civil Unit at (904) 630-2141 (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) or visit the Front Counter at 501 E. Bay Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.).
Foreign Process - The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office serves process under Florida Statute 48.031 Process that needs to be served outside these guidelines, you will have to contact a Private Process Server.
You may mail your civil documents with the service fee to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Civil Unit 501 E. Bay St., Room 219, Jacksonville, FL 32202.
Please note that the Civil Unit does not provide legal advice or assist in the preparation of documents.
Fees for service of process are fixed by Florida Statute 30.231 and are nonrefundable.
For process of service, at a minimum you must provide the Civil 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, postage to return all documents must be provided. The same amount of postage that was paid to send the documents to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office must be provided for the return service.
Personal checks are not accepted through the mail. Only cashier checks or money orders are accepted through the mail from private individuals. Never send cash through the mail.
Method of payment for process brought into the Civil Unit is cash, certified check, money order or personal check. However, you must have a Florida driver's license or identification card, and the name and address must match the information on the front of your personal check. Personal checks must be from a local Duval county financial institution. All checks, cashier checks, and money orders must be made payable to the "Sheriff of Duval County" or "Jacksonville Sheriff's Office".
Documents for service not properly issued or those with incorrect fees or incorrect payee on the check will be returned.