Arizona Judicial Branch

Private Process Server

THE PRIVATE PROCESS SERVER PROGRAM governs the certification of private process servers in Arizona.

In order to be eligible to act as a private process server in Arizona all persons must be certified and comply with the requirements of the Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 11, the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure, administrative orders and the administrative rules adopted by the Arizona Supreme Court.

On November 27, 2002, Chief Justice Jones of the Arizona Supreme Court signed Administrative Order No. 2002-110, enacting new administrative rules for the Private Process Server Program.  The Arizona Code of Judicial Administration §7-204: Private Process Server, took effect on January 1, 2003.  This code replaced the prior guidelines for private process servers, as originally adopted by Administrative Order No. 94-20.   

Process servers are responsible for knowing and following the provisions of Arizona Code of Judicial Administration, Private Process Server -  § 7-204, Rule 4(e) and Arizona Revised Statute § 11-445 

Applying for Private Process Server Certification

To apply for certification an applicant must do so in the county of residency.  An applicant must sit for and pass the examination, complete the application and submit a fingerprint card.  The fingerprint card must be a blue and white FBI card, and prints must be taken by a law-enforcement agency.  Below are the links for the study guide and the application.


Study Guide 

For information about obtaining Maricopa County's Private Process Server Study Guide, click here. 

Private Process Server Initial Certification Application 

If you have questions regarding the application, testing dates, fees, or any general question, click on the link below for contact information in your county.

Private Process Server County Coordinator Listing 

Maintaining Your Private Process Server Certification
and Continuing Education Information

 All certificates expire at midnight, every three years from date of issuance.  A certificate shall expire as of the expiration date unless the certificate holder submits a renewal application and pays the accompanying fees by the expiration date.

All certified private process servers shall complete at least ten hours of approved continuing education every twelve months.  The private process server shall submit documentation of completion of the continuing education on an approved form, with the application for renewal of certification.

Private Process Server Renewal Application 

Pre-approved Continuing Education Course List

Continuing Education Policies 

Continuing Education Allocation Form

Certificate of Attendance Form

Application for Credit for Instruction Form

Individual Request for Approval of Continuing Education Activity 



Private Process Server Initial Certification Application

Private Process Server Renewal Application 

Complaint Form 

Additional Resources

Visit the Arizona Process Servers Association at
Visit NAPPS (National Association of Professional Process Servers) at
Visit the Arizona Association of Certified Process Servers at

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