Missouri has no specific statewide requirements for process servers. Any adult over eighteen years of age, who is not a party to the case, may serve civil process in Missouri. However, local jurisdictions such as St. Louis and Kansas City have their own requirements.
For example, St. Louis requires all prospective process servers to attend a training course and pass a test administered by the sheriff. Complete details can be found on the City of St. Louis website.
In Jackson County (Kansas City), process servers are appointed by the court and must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least eighteen (18) years of age
- Be a citizen of the United States
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Not have plead guilty or been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude
- Not be a fugitive from justice or currently charged with a felony or a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude
- Not be related to or employed by a party in the action
- Be of good moral character
- Not have been disqualified to act as a process server within the preceding twelve (12) months, and
- If service is to be made outside the State of Missouri, authorized to serve process in the jurisdiction in which it is to be served.
For more information, contact Jackson County Courts.