Process Server Certification

Initial Certification 

Certification Requirements

Texas does not have reciprocity with other states; however, those seeking information on certification by endorsement must submit inquiries to jbcc@txcourts.gov for information on this process.

In order to become a certified Process Server, you must:

  1. Complete a civil process service educational course approved by the Commission (and no more than) one year of filing your Process Server Application. Upon completion of the course, the course director should supply you with a certificate of completion.
  2. Complete the Application for Certification, available on the Forms page of our website.  If you cannot access the form online, you must submit a written request to the Commission to have it sent to you. Requests may be submitted to (Fax) 512-463-1117, (Email) processservers@txcourts.gov, or to our general correspondence address of PO Box 12066, Austin, TX 78711-2066. Form requests are not accepted by phone.
  3. Pay the certification fee. Please see the Fees section of this page for information on amounts due, acceptable forms of payment, etc. The appropriate fee must accompany the application to be certified to serve civil process for a three-year period, along with a copy of your fingerprinting receipt, (after you've been fingerprinted). If you are notified by JBCC staff that fingerprinting is required, you must submit a copy of your fingerprinting receipt, once your fingerprinting is complete.
    The JBCC is not automatically notified that your criminal history report information is available; we rely on the fingerprinting receipt, provided by you, to alert us to retrieve your report. Your application cannot be processed until the form is received. 
  4. Pass a criminal history background check with DPS and the FBI. (See Criminal History section of this page for more details).

Criminal History

New Fingerprinting Requirements

On September 1, 2014, new electronic fingerprinting requirements took effect for Certified Process Servers after the transition to the new Judicial Branch Certification Commission (JBCC) within the Office of Court Administration (OCA).

All new Certified Process Server applicants and those Certified Process Servers renewing under the JBCC are required to obtain electronic fingerprinting through the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The Department of Public Safety has switched from ORI numbers to Service Codes to use when scheduling a fingerprinting appointment for the required background check. You will continue to schedule your appointment with DPS' contracted vendor online or by phone, but will use the new Service Code number. You must still provide the Commission with your receipt showing the date of your appointment, the Service Code number and the name of the program for which you were fingerprinted. The receipt is submitted along with your application.

New forms are posted in the Forms section. Texas Fingerprint Service Code Forms and appointments made using an ORI number will not be accepted after March 31, 2016.

  • View instructions for submitting fingerprints and the Texas Fingerprint Service Code Form (located on the Forms page of our website).
  • IMPORTANT: When making your appointment, you MUST use the Texas Fingerprint Service Code Form provided on our website, which has the unique service code for process servers.
  • Use of any other form will result in rejection of your application and you must be re-fingerprinted, and repay the fees, using the proper forms.

The results of the DPS and FBI fingerprint searches will be sent directly to the Commission. 

Refer to section 3.0 of the JBCC Rules for additional details on this requirement.

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Expiration

Your approval to serve process will expire three (3) years after the last day of the month of approval and, upon expiration, your name and identification will be removed from the list of certified process servers on our website.

Fees

All fees are non-refundable.

First-Time Applicants: $225.00

Acceptable forms of payment: Check, Money Order, or Cashier's Check

Make payable to: The Office of Court Administration

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Updated: 04/29/2016