Process Server Registration

Process Server Definition:

A Process Server is any 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, shall file a 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. Any corporation or partnership that derives or expects to derive compensation from service of process within this state shall also file a 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.

Process server registration form
Process server information sheet

Persons Exempt From Registration:

  • Any sheriff, marshal, or government employee who is acting within the course of his or her employment. 
  • An attorney or his or her employees. 
  • Any person who is specially appointed by a court to serve its process. 
  • A licensed private investigator or his or her employees

Note: Staff members are not authorized to serve under their employer's registration.  All staff members who serve 10 or more services per year are required to register as a natural person in order to be in compliance with sections §22350 - §22356 of the California Business & Professions code. 

To Register as a Process Server:

  • Contact the County Clerk at (707)445-7593 to schedule an appointment to be registered in the office. 
  • Submit completed original process server registration form.  
  • Obtain Live Scan fingerprint records for each registrant on the form. Please contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department at (707) 445-7211 for more information regarding Live Scan or to schedule an appointment.  
  • Provide original Process Server bond in the amount of $2000.00 in the name of the person, partnership, or corporation that is registering.
  • Pay process server application and recording fees as shown below.  
  • Appear in person, with your valid government issued I.D., between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. in the Humboldt County Recorder Clerk’s Office.  Note:  Appointment required.

Process Server Registration Fees:

Registration Fee
Clerk Filing Fee
 Identification Card Fee
Recording Fee Bond (first page)
Recording Fee Bond (each additional page)

Note: We only accept cash, money orders, or checks, made payable to the Humboldt County Recorder.  We do not accept credit or debit cards as a form of payment.