Process Servers

Process servers are licensed by the courts to serve legal papers, such as summonses, subpoenas, and court orders, to the parties involved in legal disputes. People served may include witnesses, defendants in lawsuits, or the employers of workers whose wages are being garnished by court order. Corporations can be served through their statutory agents (representatives), and unknown parties can be served as John or Jane Doe, with their true names being substituted when learned by the court. Process servers work independently or as employees of law firms and other companies.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Serve legal papers, such as summonses, subpoenas, and court orders, to the parties involved in legal disputes
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Any geographic location
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Business
  • English
  • Government
Experience No previous experience is needed
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Curious
  • Organized
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Research
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements Must be bonded, fingerprinted, and pass FBI background check
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Business Owner
  • Process Server
  • Legal Messenger

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