Providing Process Service in Texas

by admin on August 3, 2010

Process service in Texas is regulated by individual counties and the state Supreme Court. State certification, rather than state licensing, is used to ensure that servers are adequately trained.

The state has a Process Server Review Board currently consisting of a judge, a constable, a district clerk, a justice of the peace, a lawyer and three process servers. Carl Weeks is currently the chairman of the board. He has served as chairman since the Board was established in 2005.

In order to become a process server, you would need to submit an application to the Application Review Committee consisting of Mr. Weeks and two members that serve on a rotating basis. Applications received by the committee before the end of the month will be reviewed during the following month.

Your application will only be approved if you have taken a course from a Supreme Court approved educational provider. The application is available online and must be filled out completely. Otherwise it will be returned.

You must obtain a criminal history report from the state Department of Public Safety even if you have no criminal record. The Department will provide you with a notarized report including your criminal history or a document saying “no criminal record found”.

Electronic reports can be obtained online from the DPS website, but they are not acceptable to include with the application to provide process service in Texas. Only the notarized report is acceptable.

The DPS criminal history report should include the disposition of any cases occurring within the past 20 years. If not, you must include certified final dispositions with your application for any cases occurring within the past 20 years and for all felonies, regardless of the disposition date.

The applications were revised by the Process Server Review Board in 2007. Older versions of the application are no longer accepted.

Approved courses for providing process service in Texas can be taken at the University of Houston and Texas State. San Antonio, Eastfield and Amarillo Colleges offer approved training, as well.

The Texas Process Servers Association hosts classes throughout the state at various hotels and conference centers. The courses are one day training programs. The course includes a written test at its conclusion which must be past to be considered for certification. You can register and pay online or by regular mail.

A complete list of approved courses can be obtained from the Process Server Review Board. If you do not attend a training program and pass the written test, your application will not be approved.

Before you sign up and pay for a class to provide process service in Texas, you should be sure that you qualify.

As you can see the state of Texas takes serious the role of process serving. The state knows that trials can be jeopardized as a result of not following the regulations related to serving papers. Therefore process service in Texas can only be performed by a sheriff, a constable and a certified private process server. For fast and reliable service a private process server is suggested whenever possible since their primary job is to serve papers whereas for sheriffs and constables serving papers is not their primary task.

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