Service Packet, Special Service and Fees

Service Packet

  • The original summons, writ, or subpoena, signed and/or sealed by the clerk of court.
  • One copy of the summons, writ or subpoena.
  • One copy of the complaint or petition (if applicable) and any attachments.
  • A check or money order made out to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office for $40.00 for non-enforceable civil process (such as summons, subpoenas, etc.) or $90.00 for enforceable process (such as writs of possession or replevin). For a complete listing of fees click here. All fees are nonrefundable per Florida Statute.

Your original paperwork will have a Sheriff’s return of service. All civil and criminal process served on Leon County cases are returned to the Leon County Clerk of Court. We do not mail copies of the return of service. To check the status of your service, please check the court docket here, or call our office at one of the numbers at the bottom of this page. For non-Leon County cases, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope to ensure our return of service and your original paperwork is returned to the correct address.

 

Special Service

If you are serving the Insurance Commissioner / Department of Financial Services, the following rules apply:

  • The Department of Financial Services has several divisions. Please contact them at (850) 413-3114 for proper addressing of your service of process.
  • The original summons, writ, or subpoena, signed and/or sealed by the clerk of court.
  • Two copies of the summons, writ or subpoena.
  • One copy of the complaint or petition (if applicable) and any attachments.
  • If you are serving the Insurance Commissioner / Department of Financial Services as agent for any type of governmental agency, no additional fee is required. If you are serving them as agent for an insurance company or other privately-owned business, you will need to enclose a $15.00 check made payable to Service of Process. This fee is required by the Insurance Commissioner, Department of Financial Services and we will serve it along with your paperwork.

If you are serving the Secretary of State as an agent, you will need to enclose an $8.75 check made payable to the Secretary of State. We will serve this check along with your paperwork.

 

Service Fees

The fees for service of process are mandated by Florida Statute 30.231 and are as follows:

  • $40.00 for each summons, subpoena, order or writ to be served. If there are multiple defendants to be served, a $40.00 fee and a service packet as defined here is required for each defendant.
  • All enforceable writs except executions requiring seizure of persons or property: $50 in addition to the $40 fee. This includes writs of possession and replevin.
  • Civil orders of arrest (excluding writs of attachment for child support) require the $90.00 enforceable fee, and an additional deposit of $50.00 per day the defendant is to be incarcerated.
  • If you are serving the Insurance Commissioner / Department of Financial Services or the Secretary of State, please click here for instructions.
  • For the fees associated with writs of execution and the levy process please click here.
Please note that all Sheriff’s fees are nonrefundable per Florida Statute