In the state of Florida, certain districts will require process servers to be licensed and bonded with a Florida Process Server Surety Bond.
Surety1 can write this bond for as low as $120 per year! Apply online for a free, no-obligation quote.
How do I know if I need a Florida Process Server Surety Bond or License?
Each of the 67 counties in Florida have their own Process Server license requirements, or may not even require a license. There are three methods by which process servers are registered:
- Court Certified Process Server – There are 40 counties in the state where the judicial district licenses process servers. Each has their own requirements as to bonding and/or insurance. If you are interested in a county where it is court certified you would need to contact the Court Administrator’s office for information.
- Sheriff Appointed – There are 9 counties in the state where the Sheriff of that county appoints process servers. You would need to contact the sheriff in that particular county for information. (There are also 4 counties that are both certified and sheriff).
- Motion & Order – There are 14 counties where there is no process server program. In these counties you have to have the judge (in each case you serve) appoint you to serve the paper.
Once you determine the licensing requirements for the specific district in which you will operate, you will need to submit (if required) an application, any necessary fees and documents, as well as a $5,000 Florida Process Server Surety Bond.
More information pertaining to Florida Process Servers can be found on the Florida Association of Professional Process Servers website.
What is the purpose of the Florida Process Server Surety Bond?
The Florida Process Server Surety Bond is to protect the public by ensuring the court and the documents are delivered to the correct person within the methods and time frames determined by the state. This bond should be written for the benefit of any person wrongfully injured by any malfeasance, misfeasance, neglect of duty, or incompetence of the applicant, in connection with his or her duties as a process server.
Process servers are required to have this bond posted in the amount of $5,000. The Florida Process Server Surety Bond has a term of one year and must be renewed annually to remain valid. If this bond is not renewed in a timely manner, the process server may risk losing their certification as a process server.
Please note the cost to obtain this bond will only be a small percentage of the ($5,000) bond amount.
Where can I get a Florida Process Server Surety Bond?
In order to obtain this bond, simply fill out our free online application! One of our licensed agents will contact you within one business day with a quote for the price to obtain your bond (the “premium”). If you choose to move forward after receiving your quote, we will have you sign any necessary paperwork and remit the premium payment, at which time we will ship your bond to you via USPS Priority Mail (with overnight shipping options also available).
What happens when the bond expires?
As these bonds specify a limited term, the bond must be renewed and continued by a Continuation Certificate or a Renewal Bond. Approximately two months prior to your bond’s expiration date, our company will send you an invoice to renew your bond for the next term. Once the renewal payment is collected (this will generally be the same as the first year, but can fluctuate based on credit), we will send you a Continuation Certificate or Renewal Bond with the new term dates listed. You will then submit this Continuation Certificate or Renewal Bond to the licensing entity as proof that your bond is still active. (Note: an active surety bond is required at all times in order to maintain your license)
Why choose Surety1?
At Surety1, our agents work with over a dozen “A” rated surety markets to ensure we are finding you the lowest price for your bond. We’ve been issuing surety bonds since 2003 and our quality, reliable service has led us to an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau! Licensed in all 50 states.