Process Server Certification


Renewal Requirements

Effective September 1, 2018, all applications must be submitted online using the JBCC Certification, Registration, & Licensing System.   

To renew your certification, you must:

  1. Submit the Application for Renewal of Certification. You must apply for renewal via our online licensing and certification system. For the link to access the online system, instructions on how to apply online, and how to report CE with your renewal, please refer to the home page of our website. 
  2. Pay the renewal fee. Please see the Fees section of this page for information on amounts due, acceptable forms of payment, etc. The appropriate renewal fee must accompany the application to be certified to serve civil process for a two-year period and any timely application. 
  3. 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.
    Refer to section 3.5 of the JBCC Rules for additional details on this requirement.
  4. New continuing education requirement. Effective 04/12/2018, renewing process servers must document that they have completed 8 hours of continuing education during their certification period. 
    • Those who are renewing an existing 3 year certification still need to obtain 12 hours of CE (i.e., 4 hours per year). They cannot carry excess hours forward.
    • Those who renew a 2 year certification must obtain 8 hours of CE (i.e., 4 hours per year). They can carry forward up to 4 hours of CE towards their next renewal.
    Please refer to the Certification & Renewal section of our Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information on the CE requirement. 

Submit applications at least 30 days before your expiration date to avoid delays in processing your application. We will email a reminder notice to the primary email address on file. After you receive your notice, you will be able to apply online for renewal of your certification. 

You are not considered renewed until your application has been processed. Once your application is processed, an automated email will be sent to the address on file. You can track your status via our online system. We strongly recommend that you check your email (including your spam folder) and/or the online system, prior to reporting to work to ensure you are renewed. Providing services without a valid certification is a violation of the rules and may result in disciplinary actions. Be advised that staff will notify you via email if there are insufficiencies with your renewal that requires action on your end.

Late Renewals

An individual whose certification has been expired for 90 or less may renew for 1½ times the normally required renewal fee. An individual whose certification has been expired more than 90 days but less than one year may renew for twice the normally required renewal fee. If your certification is not renewed within a year of expiration, you will be required to meet the requirements for a new certification. Exceptions will not be granted and fees will not be waived, refunded, or transferred. Please refer to section 3.2 of the JBCC Rules for more information.

Criminal History

New criminal history reports are required when you apply for renewal.  You do not need to have your fingerprints taken again once you have been fingerprinted for purposes of process server certification under the JBCC.  Upon receipt of your application and payment, staff will request a new criminal history report and the results will be sent directly to the Commission. 

Please refer to the Certification & Licensure Criminal History FAQ's  page for additional information. 


All fees are non-refundable.

Timely Renewals $200.00
Expired 90 days or less $300.00
Expired 91 days to 1 year $400.00

Acceptable forms of payment:  Credit Card or Debit Card


Updated: 06/19/2020