What is the Difference Between Legal Process Service and Courier Services in United States?
 
Legal Process Service
Mail Service (Courier Services)
    Examples :
    Superior Services JD, Inc.
    Massachusetts Process Services
    FedEx, United States Postal Service, UPS, DHL, Urban Express.
    What they deliver :
    Summonses, citations, complaints, subpoenas and other court papers.
    Letters, documents, packages, staples and goods.
    Can they "serve" Court papers?
    Yes, serving is the process of delivering legal documents under the rules
    established by law. Process servers must deliver legal documents and
    issue affidavits of service
    No. Postal carriers may deliver court papers but they don't have
    authority to legally serve them.  Mailing a legal document via the
    postal service is not sufficient service, in most jurisdictions.
    Fee for delivering a summons or
    a one-page Court document :
    Usually from $55 to $195 per individual served.
    The cost of mailing (From 49 cents to $35 depending on the
    speed of delivery and the address of recipient).
    License needed?
    Yes. In most states and jurisdictions there are rules to comply with.  For
    process servers, licencing is required in New York, Nevada, Florida
    California, Massachusetts and other states.
    Most couriers only need a driver's license.
    Paperwork:
    All process servers must ALWAYS document the circumstances of
    service , describe defendants and issue affidavits of service.
    Sometimes they are required to get signatures from
    addressees (Delivery confirmation). For regular mail no
    documentation needs to be completed.
    Is this service welcome by
    recipients?
    Rarely . Many times process servers must  deal with process service
    evaders and violent individuals who do not appreciate getting served.
    They are almost always welcome.
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    We have completed reviewing all major US process server directories in our page Directories.  We
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    What Is a Process Server?

    A process server is an individual who delivers legal documents to parties involved in litigation, as
    required by law. Specific rules and procedures regulate the delivery of said court documents. This
    legal activity is also known as "service of process" or "process service".  Process servers (also
    known as "servers", "peace officers" , "deputy sheriffs" , "bailiffs" or "constables") are authorized to
    deliver process to defendants , witnesses or plaintiffs. The term "process" means any legal
    document that needs to be "served" (delivered), and it includes subpoenas, writs, orders to show
    cause, petitions, complaints, summonses, citations, judgments, court orders, notices to appear,
    notice to tenants, etc.

    Generally one of the main differences between a process server and a "delivery person" or courier is
    that process service is usually unwelcome by the recipients of process and it is always about legal
    matters (subpoenas, summonses, complaints, citations, petitions, court orders, notices, etc.).
    Indeed, very few persons in United States look forward to getting served with a summons and
    complaint. Furthermore, process servers' actions and procedures are generally mandated by laws
    and courts.

    Although serving papers can be done by most persons over the age of 18 who are not parties
    involved in the legal matter, in many states and cities process servers must be licensed or
    registered. Certain cities also have specialized officers who function as process servers for specific
    cases. For example, in New York City, sheriffs, NYPD officers and marshals may effect process
    serving functions under some circumstances. If you need an order of protection  (restraining order)
    served you have the right to go to your local stationhouse and ask any NYPD police officer to serve it.  
    NYC marshals will serve the final eviction papers on a tenant who has failed to pay rent.

    Process servers are required to maintain records of their activities and to state under oath that they
    have effected service (affidavit of service or service return)..
    Get a Process Server in Any Major City Listed in this Directory.

    If you are interested in getting a process server, you may find information here for each and every
    state of United States. You  will be also able to find and select process servers from our directory for
    major cities because we have listed process servers for all the states of the United States, most
    counties and most big cities.. For example, Our New York Process Servers  by city  directory lists all
    major cities of the State of New York, including, Albany , Binghamton, Kingston, Fulton, Hudson and
    New York City.

    It should be noted that we are the only United States process server directory only focuses on
    providing information. Therefore the information you get in this State Process Service Directory is
    about process servers only: telephone numbers, physical addresses,  email address and web sites.
    Process Servers in United States, a Legal Directory.

    A state by state list of  private process servers, this directory provides
    information about major American  process servers and process serving
    agencies classified by state, county and city they serve. Our United States
    process server list is updated monthly and reviewed by professional editors
    who are experienced process servers. We  do our best to ensure that the
    data provided by the listed process servers is correct . Since we do not
    display advertisements, we focus on providing useful information about
    process servers such as telephone numbers and addresses.

    Although there are listings for all states, ou main process servers lists
    focus on major states. So if you need a process server in California, New
    York, Texas, Florida, Georgia or Arizona, we offer you commercial free,
    unbiased listings.
    How to Get Listed in this Directory.

    If you are a legal process server agency interested in getting listed, please
    request to be listed. We will review your web site and information within four
    weeks and display your listing if it meets our selection standards. To submit
    your process serving agency go to:
    Get Listed in this Free Directory
    Selection Criteria for US Process Servers.

    If you are a process server, you will be listed in the directory as a state
    process server if you meet the following criteria:

    1-You are a United States process server or are authorized to serve one of
    its territories.

    2-You own an official Web site exclusively for your process service business
    and you have valid contact telephone numbers. Said web site is has its own
    domain name.

    3- You are a  duly licensed, registered process server or allowed to practice
    within the state, city or county where you effect service.
    In Order to Include More Process Servers in this Directory, We Need Your
    Feedback.

    As an  independent, free, non commercial directory without any ties to any  
    process server agencies, we strive to give the most accurate and reliable
    information. We rely on your feedback to make corrections regularly and to
    update our listings. Please contact us if you believe one of our listed  
    process servers misrepresents facts or misleads clients . Please contact
    us for listing updates, to point out duplicate listing and/or to suggest
    corrections.

    We will remove all listings that do not meet legal and professional criteria
    and our quality standards. To help us improve this directory feel free to
    update your listing and to contact us if you believe that a listing should be
    removed, updated or reclassified. Our email address for these purposes is  
    StateDirectory@aol.com

    We are working to include all process servers of United States of America
    but this takes time. We intend  to publish the a complete noncommercial
    directory of process servers  listing of all American process server agencies
    and private process servers. As of April 13, 2015,  we have increased the  
    lists of state process servers and included all major cities of United States
    and most major counties. If your county or town is not found in this directory,
    please contact us and we will consider including it..
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