Process Server Certification


Important Information

  • Renewals must be submitted online. We will email a reminder notice to the primary email address on file approximately 60 days before your expiration date. After you receive your renewal notice, you will be able to apply online for renewal of your certification. Early submissions will not be accepted.

  • Before starting your online renewal application, you must review the "Watch How to Apply for Renewal-Slideshow" on the home page of our website, for step-by-step instructions on the online renewal process (including how to upload CE).

  • Per sections 152.2015 of the Government Code, 3.2 (a) and 3.14 of the JBCC Rules be advised that you cannot perform work requiring a certification, registration, or a license if it has expired. You are considered renewed when your application is processed (i.e., approved), not when it is received. We strongly recommend that you submit your renewal application, all required documentation, and all applicable fees at least 30 days prior to your expiration date. 

  • When reporting your CE, do not report each session for the seminar you attended, we will obtain that from your certificate of attendance. You must only report (i.e., select) the name of the seminar you attended. You will find the title of the seminar on your certificate of attendance.

  • You are not considered renewed until your application has been processed. Once your paperwork is processed, an automated email will be sent to the primary 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. Staff will notify you via email if there are insufficiencies with your renewal that requires action on your end.

  • Not receiving a renewal notice is not grounds for an extension of time or exemption from additional fees. It is your sole responsibility to ensure that you have all items and information necessary to timely renew your certification. To confirm your expiration date please refer to your certification card, registration certificate, or search for your information in our online system located on the home page of our website.

  • Under the Commission's rules, you must maintain your CE documentation for 3 years. There are no provisions in the rules for a waiver from obtaining continuing education credit to renew your certification.

  • Please submit all inquiries regarding your renewal via email to:

  • To confirm receipt and track your application status, please refer to the online certification and licensing system. Log in to your profile, go to the link for viewing pending applications, and you can see your status there.

Inquiries Regarding Paperwork

Applicants must confirm receipt of their applications, and the status of their applications, by referring to the View Pending Applications page of their online profiles. All applicants are sent automated email confirmations of successful application submission, and when applications are approved. Inquiries for application status checks or receipt confirmation will not be replied to unless determined by staff that there’s been a delay in processing your application, and you have not received prior notification. We receive many of these inquiries and each email takes time to research and respond to which delays the processing of applications. Thank you for your understanding.

Renewal Requirements

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. 

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: 05/25/2021