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The members of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Civil Unit carry 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.

In addition, this unit also enforces levies and conducts Sheriff’s sales to aid in the collection of money judgements.

For process that is outside of the guidelines established in Florida Statute 48.031, you will need to contact a Private Process Server.

Please note that the Civil Unit does not provide legal advice or assist in the preparation of documents.

For process of service, at a minimum you must provide the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Civil Unit members with the original process or a certified copy with a copy for service for each individual and 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.  For more information please visit the Writ of Possession Procedures section this page.

Location and Times

For more information about having your documents served, please call the Civil Unit at 904.255.2470, open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m, excluding holidays. You may also visit the public window at the Duval County Courthouse located at 501 W. Adams Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202

You may also mail your civil documents with the service fee* to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Attn: Civil Unit, 501 E. Bay Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202  (Please note: This is a different address than above)

Payment Information

*Fees for service of process are fixed by Florida Statute 30.231 and are non-refundable. Personal checks are not accepted through the mail. Only cashier’s checks or money orders are accepted through the mail from private individuals.  Please do not send cash through the mail under any circumstance.

If you are dropping off the payment in person you may pay with a 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’s checks, and money orders must be made payable to the “Sheriff of Duval County” or the “Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office”.

Documents for service not properly issued or those with incorrect fees or incorrect payee on the check will be returned. 

Contact Information

  • Civil Unit – 904.255.2470

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Schedule of Civil Process Fees

Non-Enforceable Process
Summons, notices, garnishments and all other types of process involving service only includes alias and pluries. $40.00
Agency fees for service for non-enforceable documents $20.00
Foreign Non-Enforceable Process
Requiring service only, performed per Florida statute and prepared on sheriff's return includes alias and pluries $40.00
Enforceable Process
Domestic violence. Repeat, date, sexual and stalking and cyberstalking injunctions (to include foreign) $0.00
Writ of body attachment (in county) $90.00
Writ of body attachment (out of county) plus actual cost of returning person to Duval County $90.00
Replevin* $90.00
Certified Break Order for a Writ of Replevin $200.00
Writ of possession (eviction)* $90.00
Writ of attachment $90.00
Agency fees for service for enforceable documents $70.00
All other enforceable process $90.00
(Advance Deposit For Levy, Pursuant T o F.S. 30.231)   
For each automobile, small truck, motorcycle, small boat $2000.00
For each large truck, bus $2300.00
Other large equipment or items will be determined by supervisor or enforceable writs officer in the civil unit TBD
Real property (each parcel)(legal description 15 lines or less) $1000.00
Real property (each parcel)(legal description 15 lines or more) TBD
Business TBD

* Additionally, beyond the first hour, expenses incurred for officer subsequently scheduled to stand-by or conduct a levy will be $46.00 per hour per officer. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office reserves the right to determine the number of officers required for standby. Most often, two officers will be required.

Note:  Fees are payable upon receipt of civil process. Fees are non-refundable, per Florida Statute 30.231(4). Fees are per party to be served. 

Special Process Server Application Renewal

Please download and fill out the form to renew your application as a Special Process Server.

For additional information please contact the Process Server Coordinator at 904.255.2478 or email

Writ of Possession Procedures

The plaintiff or plaintiff's agent will provide the Civil Unit with the following:

  • Original writ, a certified copy of the writ or an electronic copy of the writ, which was signed and certified by the Clerk of Court and three (3) copies for service;
  • Nonrefundable fee of $90.00, in cash, money order, cashier’s check or local personal check if the personal information on the face of the check matches the plaintiff's driver license or identification card; and
  • A contact name and number the officer is to call with the date and time for the eviction.

Appointments will be made on a first come, first served basis.

The Civil Unit clerk will provide the customer with a receipt for the payment of the fee and this receipt will have a Sheriff's control number.

The clerk will prepare the appropriate paperwork and place the Writ of Possession package in the Writ of Possession box for the Eviction Officer. Please do not ask the clerk when the officer will complete your eviction because the clerk does not know this information. The assigned officer will usually post the premises the following day or shortly thereafter and will schedule the eviction with the plaintiff or plaintiff's agent as soon as possible, taking into consideration statute limitations and workload.

On the scheduled day and time of eviction, the plaintiff or the plaintiff's agent will meet the officer at the premises and the officer will turn possession of the premises over to this person. The only responsibility the officer has is to remove persons from the premises and maintain the peace. If the officer is required to stand by, there may be additional fees required at a rate of $46.00 per hour, per officer, or any part thereof after the first hour.

Upon delivering possession of the premises to the plaintiff or his agent, the officer will provide the plaintiff or his agent with a stamped true copy of the Writ of Possession with the date, time and the officer's signature. The officer will return the original Writ of Possession to the court with a Sheriff's Office Return.

Disclaimer: This is not to be considered as legal advice, but only to be used as a guideline.

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