As a GA process server, you will be a private agent. You may accept assignments from established process service agencies, as a contracted agent, or you may choose to work directly with plaintiffs in cases, who will pay you full fees directly.
I will be expanding and building this page to provide you with guidance developing your business. Please feel free to send me your questions and suggestions for data or items to include here. Thank you!
Getting Started...literally at the beginning:
First- read the goodies in the Library, and see if process serving makes sense to you
Second- take the Pre-Certification Course to qualify for the state exam
Third- register for the state Exam and pass with FLYING colors!
Fourth- submit your complete application to a GA Sheriff for Certification
Fifth- apply for Appointment in the county courts of your choice
How do I get assignments? By advertising your availability to national and local law firms, process service companies, insurance agencies, property management companies, etc., and by having your name on as many court appointed process server lists as possible.
What Courts do I want to get appointed in? At least the ones surrounding your home county. REMEMBER: Even if you only want to actually serve papers in one or two counties, it pays to be appointed in ALL courts that offer annual appointments, because those cases may have Defendants to be served in your service area!!!!!!!!!!
***Authority to serve comes from the court the case is filed in, NOT the county the service address is in.
How do I set my fees? Some do flat fees, other bill for time and mileage. I bill flat fees for service, and offer several products. Review mine at www.ThePapersServed.com
What services do I want to offer? process service, mobile notary, court courier, etc.
Do I need to advertise? YES - NAPPS and ServeNow, at the very least
Who pays me? The Plaintiff or their counsel or agent, or the agency you sign with.
Do I need a website? YES...this is an absolute MUST if you want your own clients. However, if you intend to work solely as an Agent for a larger process service company, you would not need your own website, as they will be your only client keeping you plenty busy.
LATITUDE LEARNING (you must be registered first! See instructions on the appropriate class tab.)
Certification course and continuing education accredited by Georgia JC/AOC
To register for the next exam:
(must have course Certificate of Completion to be eligible)
The Sheriffs keep the list of Certified Process Servers