Becoming a process server requires a very specific temperament and set of skills.
You must be calm, confident and able to think quickly and adapt to changing situations.
You should be knowledgeable about the relevant laws and procedural regulations.
You should have an inquisitive mind and dogged persistence. If you feel that you
possess these traits, becoming a process server may be an excellent career for
you. Here is what you should know to get started.
need to learn the legal and ethical demands of the profession. The best way to
do this is to find a local class. Some jurisdictions require process servers to
take a formal class, while others do not. Regardless of whether it is required,
however, a class will ensure that you receive accurate and up to date information
for your area. Classes may be offered on college campuses, through a state process
server organization, or through a private firm.
require process servers to obtain a license. License requirements vary between
jurisdictions, but may include a background check, written test, affidavits and
other tasks. Check your local requirements online or by contacting your local
You may be required to post a surety
bond in order to become a process server. Insurance is required is some locations
and optional in others. Insurance is always a good idea, as it can protect you
against lawsuits that are based on your errors or omissions.
On the Job
As long as you meet the state and local regulations, you are entitled
to go into business for yourself. However, becoming a successful process server
cannot be learned from a book or a website. Your strategies and approaches will
evolve and mature with time. It is therefore highly recommended that you begin
your career working for an established company. You will receive invaluable continued
training and support.
Process serving is a unique
job market. The job requires a certain temperament and a specific skill set. Some
companies prefer to hire only seasoned process servers with a great track record.
On the other hand, many companies like to hire new, inexperienced servers. This
offers the company the chance to mold and train the new server in the company's
proven methods for success. You may need to interview with several companies in
order to find one that is closely aligned with your own unique thoughts on how
process serving should be done.
Becoming a process server is not inherently
difficult. A series of tasks may need to be accomplished, from a background check
to a written test. However, none of the steps is particularly time consuming or
hard to accomplish. The financial outlay for bonding and insurance is generally
the biggest hindrance. Classroom education is generally limited to one class,
making it a reasonable career choice for those who do not have the time or money
to invest in extended college coursework. Most of your training will be received
while on the job. Although you are allowed to go out on your own once you have
satisfied requirements, you will generally find that working with an existing
company will help you to hone your skills as well as receive valuable support
and feedback. If your goal is to run your own process server business, you will
know instinctively when the time is right.