How to Become a Process Server in Iowa

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If you want to become a process server in Iowa, there’s no need to obtain a costly process server license or registration. The process server industry in Iowa is unregulated. Anyone who is not a party to the case may serve civil process.

That’s great news if you want to become a self-employed process server. You won’t need to jump through a lot of regulatory hoops to get started. Instead, focus your efforts on marketing and finding clients for your process server business.

Let’s take a closer look from the Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure:

Rule 1.302 Original notice; form and service.

A notice to the defendant, respondent, or other party against whom an action has been filed shall be serve in the form and manner provided by this rule…

  • Rule 1.302(5) Original notices may be served by any person who is neither a party nor the attorney for a party to the action. A party or party’s agent may take an acknowledgment of service and deliver a copy of the original notice … and may mail a copy of the original notice when mailing is required or permitted under any rule or statue.
  • Rule 1.302(6) If service of the original notice is not made upon the defendant, respondent, or other party to be served within ninety (90) days after filing the petition, the court, upon motion or its own initiative after notice to the party filing the petition, shall dismiss the action without prejudice as to that defendant… or direct an alternate time or matter of service. If the party filing the papers shows good cause for the failure of service, the court shall extend the time for service for an appropriate period.

Legal Forms for Iowa Process Servers

Download free legal forms for process servers in Iowa from the Iowa Judicial Branch.

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