Process servicing is used to deliver legal documents for subpoenas, court summons, divorce papers, or to notify somebody that they are being sued by another party. Process servers (such as those from In Focus Investigations) deliver these documents for law firms, lawyers, judges, private investigators, sheriff offices, and courts. You don't need a law degree to become a process server, but there are certain steps you must take to become eligible and to succeed at process serving as a career.
Become certified or licensed as a process server (if your state requires it)
Some states require that you obtain a license to become a process server. There are online classes and books that you can read to prepare for the examination, if required by your state. Some states require a mandatory training period. The laws about process servers vary state by state. Before you pursue a career in process serving, be sure to look up what the exact requirements are for you to legally serve as a process server.
Be able to pass an extensive background check
To be a process server, you must be at least 18 years of age and be able to pass an extensive background check. In some states, this background check may be conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. If your background check is conducted by the FBI, you will need to be fingerprinted. If your record isn't clean, such as a driving infraction or a misdemeanor, it may still be possible for you to become a process server, but again, the laws vary by state. If you have a felony on your record in the last ten years, you may not become a process server. The cleaner your record, the more likely it is that you will be hired.
Have a personality of steel
When you are a process server, you are delivering bad news everytime you approach your target audience. When the intended target receives the legal paperwork, they are being sued, divorced, or hauled into court. You must be able to maintain a professional demeanor at all times, even though people may try to take out their anger and frustrations on you, the messenger.
At other times, the people you serve notices to may have emotional breakdowns, or be in heartbreaking situations or circumstances. You should be able to leave your work at the end of the day. If you have the tendency to take things personally or to heavily empathize, process serving might be a difficult career for you.