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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.

Please note the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is separate from the Clerk of Courts. If you need to speak with the Duval County Clerk of Courts, you may reach them at 904.255.2000.

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

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office can only serve process in Duval County.

For process that is outside of the guidelines established in Chapter 48 of the Florida State Statute and the Rules of Criminal and Civil Procedure you will need to hire a Duval County Special Process Server.

Please note: The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Civil Unit does not provide legal advice or assist in the preparation of documents.
 

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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, 5th Floor, Room 5141, Jacksonville, FL 32202.

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

How to Mail in or Drop off Documents

Bringing In Documents


The Civil Unit Public Window is located inside the Duval County Courthouse at 501 W. Adams Street, 5th Floor, Room 5141, Jacksonville, FL 32202. The window is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., excluding holidays

The party requesting service of process must furnish to the sheriff the original process, a certified copy of the process, or an electronic copy of the process, which was signed and certified by the clerk of court. A second copy of your primary document and one copy of your pleadings are required as well.

For example: if you have a summons and complaint; you will need to send two summonses and one copy of your complaint. 

With the exceptions of a subpoena or a motion, all documents must be signed and sealed by the Clerk of Courts or signed by a Judge. If your document is a motion it will need to be filed with the Clerk of Courts prior to brining it for service. If your state does not sign and seal documents or file them until after service is completed; that fact will need to be provided in written form by your Clerk of Courts or a written copy of your State Statute provided so this may be verified.

If your documents were not filed in Duval County, then a self-addressed envelope with proper postage is required. Service may not be perfected so the cost of all documents being returned must be reflected in your postage. Your return of service and your documents will be returned to the address you provide on your envelope. If your case is a Duval County case your return of service and documents will be returned to the Clerk of Courts.  

If your documents were filed out of the state of Florida; please note all documents will only be served under Florida State Statute and the Florida Rules of Criminal and Civil Procedure. If your documents must be served under your state statute, you will need to hire a Duval County Special Process Sever. 

If your document requires service to a business then the document must state if the business is a Corporation, LLC or DBA. This information is required in order to properly serve the document under Florida State Statute. 

Your document must state who is being served and an address for service; there can only be one individual or business to serve per document. Please note we are unable to serve unknown individuals or tenants. We are also unable to serve attorneys on behalf of their client. 

Please ensure the name and address for service on your eviction summons is complete and accurate; including the zip code. There will be an additional $40.00 Sheriff’s Fee per person to be served if the summons has an incorrect address for service. 

If your document is a subpoena, please note the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office only serves First Degree Felony subpoenas and certain Civil Subpoenas. Please see Florida State Statute 48.031 (3)(a) for details. The level of felony will need to be noted on the subpoena or a memo. Florida State Statute requires the subpoena be mailed to the witness being served no later than seven days prior to the court date. Due to the volume and time frames of these documents your subpoena will need to be received by the Civil Unit a minimum of fifteen days prior to the court date. The fifteen days does not include the day it is received by the Civil Unit. 

All non-enforceable documents, for example: a summons and complaint are $40.00 per person to serve. If you are a City or State Agency, each document is $20.00 per person to serve. All fees for service are governed by Florida State Statute 30.231 and are non-refundable. 

If in addition to your documents, you have a notice or order that has a court date then there is an additional Sheriff’s Fee required for the service of that document. For example; if you have a summons and complaint along with a notice with a court date then your cost will be $80.00. If you are a City or State Agency, your cost will be $40.00. As previously stated, please ensure proper copies of your documents are provided.

If your document is an enforceable document such as Writ of Attachment the cost for service is $90.00 per person. An information sheet with the person’s name, race, sex and date of birth is required as well. If your Writ of Attachment was not issued in Duval County proof from your local Sheriff’s Office that the Writ of Attachment has been entered into their local database is required. If you are a City or State Agency, the cost is $70.00. If you have an order or notice with a court date in addition to your enforceable document, there is an additional $40.00, or $20.00 Sheriff’s Fee required for the service of those documents. 

If you have been declared indigent for cost a current indigency form within the current 12 months is required. 

If you are an attorney or appointed counsel representing an indigent client a copy of the order signed by the Judge declaring the client indigent is required.

Forms of payment accepted at the Public Civil Window are cash, money order, cashier’s check, business check, personal check or credit/debit card. Your driver’s license or ID must match the information on your personal check or credit/debit card. All written payments must be made out to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office; abbreviations such as JSO are not permitted.  

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

For additional detail on fees for service please see the “Schedule of Civil Process Fees” section
 

Mailing In Documents

Please address your envelope:
Attention: Civil Unit, 501 E. Bay Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202
(Please note the mailing address is different than the Civil Unit Window location.) 

All documents sent from out of state will only be served under Florida State Statute and the Florida Rules of Criminal and Civil Procedure. If you are sending documents that must be served under your state statute, you will need to hire a Duval County Special Process Server. 

The party requesting service of process must furnish to the sheriff the original process, a certified copy of the process, or an electronic copy of the process, which was signed and certified by the clerk of court. A second copy of your primary document and one copy of your pleadings are required as well.

For example: if you have a summons and complaint; you will need two summonses and one copy of your complaint. 

With the exceptions of a subpoena or a motion, all documents must be signed and sealed by the Clerk of Courts or signed by a Judge. If your document is a motion it will need to be filed with the Clerk of Courts prior to mailing. If your state does not sign and seal documents or file them until after service is completed; that fact will need to be provided in written form by your Clerk of Courts or a written copy of your State Statute provided so this may be verified.

If your documents were not filed in Duval County, then a self-addressed envelope with the same amount of postage it cost to send your documents will be required. If your case is a Duval County case your return of service and documents will be returned to the Clerk of Courts.

If your document requires service to a business then the document must state if the business is a Corporation, LLC or DBA. This information is required in order to properly serve the document under Florida State Statute. 

Your document must state who is being served and an address for service; there can only be one individual or business to serve per document. Please note we are unable to serve unknown individuals or tenants. We are also unable to serve attorneys on behalf of their client.

Please ensure the name and address for service on your eviction summons is complete and accurate; including the zip code. There will be an additional $40.00 Sheriff’s Fee per person to be served if the summons has an incorrect address for service. 

If your document is a subpoena, please note the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office only serves First Degree Felony subpoenas and certain Civil Subpoenas. Please see Florida State Statute 48.031 (3)(a) for details. The level of felony will need to be noted on the subpoena or a memo. Florida State Statute requires the subpoena be mailed to the witness being served no later than seven days prior to the court date. Due to the volume and time frames of these documents your subpoena will need to be received by the Civil Unit a minimum of fifteen days prior to the court date. The fifteen days does not include the day it is received by the Civil Unit. 

All non-enforceable documents, for example: a summons and complaint are $40.00 per person to serve. If you are a City or State Agency, each document is $20.00 per person to serve. All fees for service are governed by Florida State Statute 30.231 and are non-refundable. 

If in addition to your documents, you have a notice or order that has a court date then there is an additional Sheriff’s Fee required for the service of that document. For example; if you have a summons and complaint along with a notice with a court date then your cost will be $80.00. If you are a City or State Agency, your cost will be $40.00. As previously stated, please ensure proper copies of your documents are provided.

If your document is an enforceable document such as Writ of Attachment the cost for service is $90.00 per person. An information sheet with the person’s name, race, sex and date of birth is required as well. If your Writ of Attachment was not issued in Duval County proof from your local Sheriff’s Office that the Writ of Attachment has been entered into their local database is required. If you are a City or State Agency, the cost is $70.00. If you have an order or notice with a court date in addition to your enforceable document, there is an additional $40.00, or $20.00 Sheriff’s Fee required for the service of those documents. 

If you have been declared indigent for cost a current indigency form within the current twelve months is required. 

If you are an attorney or appointed counsel representing an indigent client, a copy of the order signed by the Judge declaring the client indigent is required.

Mailed payments can only be in the form of a money order, cashier’s check or business check. The payment must be written out to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, abbreviations such as JSO are not permitted. 

Documents for service not properly issued or those with incorrect fees or incorrect payee on the check will be returned.
 
For additional detail on fees for service please see the “Schedule of Civil Process Fees” section
 

Injunctions


If you are with the Clerk of Courts or a Sheriff’s Office and needing to send a document with a court date, please call the Civil Unit at 904.255.2470.   

If your document does not have a court date you will need to mail the documents to:
Attention: Civil Unit, 501 E. Bay Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202.
If you are a Sheriff’s Office outside the State of Florida, please include a fax number where the return of service may be faxed in the event the Injunction is served.

Please ensure two copies of the Injunction or other type of primary document is sent and one copy of the petition or other kind of pleading is sent.

If you are attempting to check the status of an Injunction, the officer assigned the document will call the filing party at the number that was provided on the information sheet to advise if the Injunction was or was not served.

If you currently know where the individual can be located for service and you have your copy of the Injunction, then you may call the non-emergency number at 904.630.0500 to have a patrol officer come out and serve the Injunction. 

If you are providing additional location information for service please call 904.255.2470.

Writ of Possession Procedures

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

  • Three copies of the writ of possession that have been signed and sealed by the Clerk of Courts. The name and phone number of the person the officer is scheduling the eviction with will need to be written on one of the three copies. Please note the Civil Unit will not make copies; please ensure proper copies are provided. 
  • Non- Refundable fee of $90.00. Forms of payment accepted at the Public Civil Window are cash, money order, cashier’s check, business check, personal check or credit/debit card. Your driver’s license or ID must match the information on your personal check or credit/debit card. All written payments must be made out to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office; abbreviations such as JSO are not permitted. 
  • Mailed payments can only be in the form of a money order, cashier’s check or business check. The payment must be written out to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, abbreviations such as JSO are not permitted 
  • Please ensure the address on your writ of possession is complete and accurate; including the zip code. There will be an additional $90.00 Sheriff’s Fee if the writ has an incorrect address for service.

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

The Civil Clerk will prepare the appropriate paperwork and place the Writ of Possession package in the Officers box. Please do not ask the clerk when the officer will complete your eviction or call to ask because the clerk does not know this information. The assigned officer may 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. If the Plaintiff or Plaintiffs Agent has to re-schedule the appointment there will be a $92.00 re-schedule fee. 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 copy of the Writ of Possession. The date, time and the officer's signature or initials will be noted on the writ. The officer will return the original Writ of Possession to the court with a Sheriff's Office Return of Serivce.

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

Document Status Information

If you are looking for service status information on a document, please choose the Civil Process Search link.

For best results when searching a document; search by name or control number.

Injunction and Writ of Attachment information will not be provided in this search.

If your document cannot be located;

  • You may have placed incorrect information into the system for searching
  • Your documents may have been returned to you because they could not be processed due to an error or issue; a memo stating the reason for the returned documents will be attached.
  • Your documents may have not been received yet
  • Your document may have been received but have not been processed


Return of Service - If your case is not a Duval County case and you did not provide the required postage for the return of your documents then your documents will be mailed to the Courthouse with jurisdiction over the case. 

If you need any additional information, please call the Civil Unit at 904.255.2470.
 

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
Executions*
(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. 

Contact Information for JSO's Civil Unit

Special Process Server Application Renewal

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office does not appoint new Special Process Servers. If you are an existing Special Process Server in Duval County and need to renew your appointment please download and fill out the form.

If you have a question or complaint regarding a Duval County Special Process Server, please contact the Process Server Coordinator at 904.255.2478 or email Chelsea.Fiscina@jaxsheriff.org.


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