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Registering As a Process Server

(Business and Professions Code Sections 22350 – 22360)


County Clerks are responsible for determining the acceptability, not the legal sufficiency of documents presented for filing. Questions regarding the legal sufficiency of any document should be referred to an attorney.

Definition/Place of Filing:  Business and Professions Code Sections 22350(a)
Individual - Any natural person who makes more than 10 services of process within this state during one calendar year, for specific compensation or in expectation of specific compensation, where that compensation is directly attributable to the service of process, shall file and maintain a verified certificate of registration as a process server with the county clerk of the county in which he or she resides or has his or her principal place of business.
Corporation or partnership – Any corporation or partnership that derives or expects to derive compensation from service of process within this state shall also file and maintain a verified certificate of registration as a process server with the county clerk of the county in which the corporation or partnership has its principal place of business.
  Note: Employee(s) of a corporation or partnership, who makes more than ten (10) services of process within this state during one calendar year, will need to file as an "Individual" Process Server.
 
Exceptions in filing - Business and Professions Code Section 22350(b)
 
Disqualifications:  Business and Professions Code Section 22351.5(b)
Applicant may not have any felony conviction(s). If, after receiving the results of the Request for Live Scan, the clerk is advised that the registrant has been convicted of a felony, the presiding judge of the superior court of the county in which the certificate of registration is maintained is authorized to review the criminal record and, unless the registrant is able to produce a copy of a certificate of rehabilitation, expungement, or pardon, as specified in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) of Section 22351, notify the registrant that the registration is revoked.
 
Registration Requirements
1. Registrant must be a California resident for at least one year immediately preceding the filing and may not have any felony convictions.
2. Fingerprints (if initial registration or there has been a lapse in previous registration). Fingerprints are required in order to become a registered process server. The purpose of the fingerprinting process is verification that an individual, corporate officer or general partner has not been convicted of a felony. Registrant(s) will need to complete a "Request For Live Scan" form. Live Scans are typically completed by local law enforcement agencies. For a list of agencies you may go to http://ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/publications/contact.php. An appointment may be necessary so call ahead (fingerprints will need to be completed before filing the registration form with our office but not more than 60 days prior to filing). Be prepared to show valid photo identification. Once the fingerprints are taken, the information provided in the Request For Live Scan form are electronically transmitted to the DOJ and FBI for the background check.
Registrant(s) will need to provide a copy of their completed "Request For Live Scan" form that has been signed by the transmitting agency when registering with the County Clerk.
3. Bond - A $2,000 bond in favor of the County of San Bernardino or cash deposit (cash deposit to be retained for three years following expiration of registration) is required in order to register as a process server. Registrant must contact an insurance or surety company in order to obtain a bond in favor of San Bernardino County, State of California. The bond must be valid for the two-year term of the registration and show a starting and ending date (do not confuse a surety bond with an errors and omissions policy).
4. Registration Form – A "Certificate of Registration as a Process Server" form must be completed and signed under penalty of perjury by individual registrant, all corporate officers or general partners.
5. Valid, government issued, photo identification
6. Photographs (1 ¼" x 1 ¼")
a.   One photo if re-filing without a lapse in registration
b.   Two photos if initial registration or there is a lapse in previous registration
 Note:  No photos required for corporation or partnership registrations
7. Fees:
Process Server Filing $180.00
Bond for Process Server (file, cancel, withdraw or revoke) $ 25.00
Permanent ID Card $ 10.00
Each Additional Identification Card $ 10.00
Record the Bond (1st page) $ 15.00
Record the Bond (each subsequent page after 1st) $  3.00
 
Note: Fees subject to change, please refer to current Fee Schedule
Fee Schedule Effective 9/1/14
 
8. Appointment - Please call (855) 732-2575 (REC-CLRK) to schedule an appointment to appear in person in the County Clerk's Office with all requested items listed above. Appointment hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (excluding holidays).
 
Office location - San Bernardino County Recorder-Clerk
222 W. Hospitality Lane, 1st Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0022
Duration of Certificate of Registration -  A certificate of registration shall be effective for a period of two years or until the date the bond expires, whichever occurs first. A certificate of registration may be renewed up to 60 days prior to its expiration date and the effective date of the renewal shall be the date the current registration expires. The renewal shall be effective for a period of two years from the effective date or until the expiration date of the bond, whichever occurs first.
 
The above information is subject to change.