In a state known for regulation, it should come as no surprise it’s a bit complicated to become a process server in New York.
While there’s no statewide process server licensing requirement, local jurisdictions are free to enact more restrictive standards.
New York City has the following requirements:
- Individual process servers must execute a $10,000 surety bond (this can be purchased from a licensed insurance broker for $200-$300).
- Process servers must pass an exam to demonstrate knowledge of the rules and regulations for service of process.
- Process servers are required to keep electronic records for each serve, including a GPS location time-stamp (there are several apps for iPhone and Android that make this requirement simple to meet).
- Service is not permitted on Sundays, or on Saturdays for individuals who observe Saturdays as a holy day.
For a complete breakdown of the requirements to become a process server in New York City, see the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs. They also publish educational material for process servers (not officially a study guide for the exam but it’s a good resource to help you prepare).
For more information about service of process throughout New York State, check the website of the New York State Unified Court System.
Another good resource is the New York State Professional Process Servers Association.
Finally, for a closer look at the business side of things, read my introductory post on how to become a process server.