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. Submit the Application for Certification.  You can apply for certification by mail or via our online licensing and certification system. To apply online, please go to the online certification and licensing system on our home page. To apply by mail, forms are located on the Forms page of our website. If you cannot access the forms online, you must submit a written request to the Commission to have them 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, and the orientation course certificate. 
  4. Pass a criminal history background check with DPS and the FBI. Staff will email the required form needed to schedule their fingerprinting appointment to applicants who have not yet been fingerprinted for the JBCC, after we’ve received their applications.

Criminal History

Fingerprinting Requirements

On September 1, 2014, 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 results of the DPS and FBI fingerprint searches will be sent directly to the Commission. 

Refer to section 3.5 of the JBCC Rules for additional details on this requirement.

Under section 3.5 (a) of the JBCC Rules, an initial or renewal application may be denied, and a regulated person may be disciplined, if the person's criminal history or other information indicates that the person lacks the honesty, trustworthiness, or integrity to hold the certification, registration, or license. 

Please be aware that we must have an application from you before we can provide the instructions, service code and disclosure language that is required to make your fingerprinting appointment. JBCC staff will contact you once we have your application. Please do not rely on information or forms that you receive from a source other than the JBCC and its staff. Doing so may result in your having to be re-fingerprinted, and thus delays in processing your application.

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Expiration

Your approval to serve process will expire two (2) years after the last day of the month of certification and, upon expiration, unless renewed, your name will be removed from the list of certified process servers in our online licensing system.

Fees

All fees are non-refundable.

First-Time Applicants: $150.00

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

Make payable to: The Office of Court Administration

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Updated: 04/20/2018