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California Process Server Bond

Cost: $50 / 2 year term
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How much does a California process server bond cost?

The California process server bond costs $50 for the state-required 2-year term. Your $50 premium will cover 2 years of bonding as required by your county for licensing. Note that you must file a separate $2,000 surety bond with each county you work in. 

How do I get a process server bond in California?

You can buy your California process server bond online 24/7. You'll need to provide your licensee name and county for filing approval. Once your payment has been processed, you'll instantly receive a digital copy of your California surety bond by email. Your physical documentation will be delivered based on your preferred shipping method.

How fast can I get a process server bond?

Our industry-leading technology and responsive customer service team allow us to deliver your official California process server bond faster than any other surety provider. Your county clerks office requires your process server registration bond be physically issued and shipped to you, so choose overnight shipping during checkout if you're in a rush. Orders placed by 4 PM CST Monday-Friday are typically shipped same-day.

Bond Type
$2,000Process Server Bond

What is a California process server bond?

California Business and Professions Code Division 8 Chapter 16 Section 22353 requires individuals file a $2,000 surety bond along with their process server registration certificate. A separate $2,000 bond form with its own unique admitted surety insurer bond number must be filed with each county clerk's office in which an individual submits a registration form. This bond specifically requires process servers comply with California Business and Professions Code and all other laws that govern the service of process in the state. 

What does a California process server bond cover? 

By filing this California surety bond, you agree to comply with California Business and Professions Code and all other laws that regulate process servers in the state. If you fail to do so, your issuing surety company will give valid claim compensation to harmed individuals up to the full $2,000 bond amount, which you must reimburse.

If you're a licensed process server working in California, you might also need a California notary bond or California legal document assistant bond

Who regulates licensing for process servers? 

Although California process server bonds protect the integrity of the California court system at large, registration is managed by each individual county clerks office. You'll need to file a separate registration form and surety bond with each county clerks office you work in. 

How do I update or change my process server bond form?

If your county requires your bond form to be updated for any reason, contact your surety provider. If you purchased your bond from, email [email protected] to explain the needed change. The most common change requested is updating the registered process server name to match professional registration documents. 

How do I renew my California process server bond? 

You should renew your California process server bond before its current 2-year term expires. Once you pay your renewal invoice, renewal instructions will be sent to keep your professional registration active for its next term with the county.

How do I become a process server in California?

You must complete the following 5 steps before applying as a registered process server in California. If you have questions about registration, contact your local county clerk.

  1. Complete the required registration forms provided by your California county clerk or recorder.
  2. Provide a copy of your fingerprint cards to verify you haven't previously been convicted of a felony.
  3. Purchase and file separate California process server bonds for each county you'll work in and register with.
  4. Provide 2 passport photos. 
  5. Pay the required fees. The general fee to register as a process server in California is $134. Additional fees vary by county.

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