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.;
    New York Process Service;
    Massachusetts Constable 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,
    unless it is expressly ordered by a Court or Judge.
    Fee for delivering a summons or
    a one-page Court document :
    In places like New York, the fee for process service may range from $95.00
    to $225.00 per defendant served. NYC private process service fees are not
    regulated in New York City. However the New York City Office of the Sheriff
    must charge a regulated standard fee of $52.00 for service on one
    defendant at one address within 3-5 weeks.
    The cost of mailing (From 529 cents to $35.00 depending on the
    speed of delivery and the address of the 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 welcome.  Many times process servers, sheriffs and constables
    must deal with process service evaders and violent individuals who do not
    appreciate getting served. Many process servers and sheriffs have died
    while doing their job.
    They are generally welcome.
Process Servers Directory
Process Server America

    We have completed reviewing all major US process server directories in our page Directories.  We
    have ranked process server directories with a 1-5 star system (One star for the least useful process
    server directories and five stars for the most useful  process server directories).
     
    As of December 07, 2020, we have added more USA and New York process server listings,
    removed the Site Graph and other internal website pages and added a disclaimer indicating that
    we do not endorse process servers and we are not responsible for the actions of the process
    servers listed on this website. We also removed a very unprofessional process server located in
    Upstate New York from all our Upstate NY process server listings.
    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 legal documents (also known as "process")  to defendants, witnesses or plaintiffs. The term
    "process" means any legal document that needs to be "served" (delivered), including 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 usually involves delivery of legal documents and generally it is unwelcome
    by the recipients of process. Process servers deliver subpoenas, summonses, complaints,
    citations, petitions, court orders, notices, etc., which tend to be regarded as "bad news".  Indeed,
    very few persons look forward to getting served with a summons and complaint. Furthermore,
    process servers' actions and procedures are generally regulated and established by laws and
    courts.

    Although serving papers can be done by most persons who are over the age of 18 and who are not
    parties involved in the legal matter, in many states and cities process servers, sheriffs and  
    constables 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 certain circumstances. If you
    need an order of protection  (restraining order) served you have the right to go to your local sheriff  
    and ask him to serve it.  NYC marshals will serve the final eviction papers on a tenant who has
    failed to pay rent. NYC Correction Officers will serve inmates in NYC correctional facilities.

    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 Process Servers in Any Major City in USA and in the World.

    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 city  directory lists all
    major cities of the State of New York, including, Albany , Binghamton, Kingston, Fulton, Hudson and
    New York City. We are only focused on providing information about United States and international
    process servers: telephone numbers, physical addresses,  websites, fax numbers and email
    addresses.

    Our international process server directory section includes countries in Europe, Latin America and   
    Asia such as Spain, France, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, India, Pakistan, etc.
    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. This United States
    process server list is updated periodically and reviewed by professional
    editors who are also 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, our 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 non-commercial  
    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 has its own
    domain name.

    3- You are duly licensed, registered process server or allowed to practice
    within the state, city or county where you effect service.
    In Order to Include More United States 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 listings 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  
    NewYork Process@aol.com

    We have included all major process servers of United States of America.
    This is the largest noncommercial directory of process servers listing of all
    American process server agencies and private process servers in United
    States. We have increased the lists of US 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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To all process servers:

It is your responsibility to ensure that your listing is correct, that your web site address is correct and that your email address is correct. Please verify them. If you
notice errors, notify us promptly by email. When submitting corrections or removal requests, please specify the State, City and County page where your listing
appears.

To the general public:

The data presented on this web site may not reflect the most recent updates to our records and is not guaranteed to be accurate as of today's date. It is intended
for information purposes only.

We do not endorse service providers. This process server directory is a free service for process servers and for the general public.

Please check your prospective process servers' credentials before hiring them.

To process servers and the general public:

All users, service providers (process servers) and general public (individuals or businesses looking to hire a process server) are responsible for using the
information in this website properly and for making decisions. We do not take responsibility for any misuse, misunderstanding, or fraudulent activities arising from
using the information in this web site. If you believe that a listing is incorrect or if a process server provided unacceptable service, please report it to us.

Why isn't my process service business listed in this directory:

You may not be listed in this process server directory if: 1-You did not request to be listed or 2-If you do not meet our process server listing criteria. In some
cases you may no longer be listed because we either identified your process serving business as a spammer or because you requested to be listed twice for the
same address (Exceptions are applied for listing corrections). Under special circumstances, we actively remove listings of process servers who have been
reported to as
"unprofessional process servers" by clients, by government agencies or other entities or if they have provided unacceptable or subpar
service of process. For instance, we recently removed two process servers in Syracuse, NY
; one process server in Onondaga County, NY; and one process
server
located on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, NY. These "bad" process servers were reported to us by individuals (clients) who used their services but
were disappointed
by the said process servers' lack of professionalism and lack of willingness to solve the process serving issue or for failure to provide affidavits
of service on time or refunds
. If you (as a process server) have been reported by your client as an unprofessional process server and you have been removed
from our process server directory
, you may only request to be relisted only if the complaining client recommends your services again (Which can be
accomplished if
you resolve the outstanding complaint directly with your client).

How to file a complaint against a United States process server listed in this directory:

In order to complain about a process server listed in this directory, please send us an email at NewYorkProcess@aol.com or call us at 718-345-0244. We take
complaints seriously and we will do our best to investigate them. Additionally, please consider filing your complaint through the local government agency which
oversees process service licensing in your state, county or city. If you send us a complaint the only possible solutions we can provide are reaching out to the
process server in question for mediation and/or removing the process server from our directory. We process complaints within 1-10 weeks and we reserve the
right to accept or refuse complaints about process servers and to take any and all actions regarding removing listings from this directory. We may refrain from
notifying the parties involved of the outcome of our decision regarding removing certain process servers.