Become a Process Server
Obtaining Certification as a Private Process Server
Please read and follow the instructions on this page prior to applying.
Schedule an Appointment
- Applicant is required to call and schedule an appointment. Processing of application and testing is held on the following days and times:
- Wednesdays 9 am and at 1:30 pm
- Thursdays 1:30 pm only
- To schedule an appointment please call: 520.509.3555. Please do not leave a message you must speak to a clerk to schedule the appointment.
- Applicant must have an appointment to submit application and complete the examination/test.
- Applicants are given 90 minutes to take the test
Requirements for Obtaining Certification as a Private Process Server
- Applicant is required to be a resident of Pinal County to apply and test in Pinal County Superior Court.
- The application must be filled out in full and notarized prior to submitting to the Superior Court for processing.
- Two (2) forms of ID are required at the time an application is submitted for the Private Process Server test. A list of acceptable forms of ID can be found on page 8 of the application packet.
- Applicant Photo: Per Supreme Court Administrative Order 2013-48, the Pinal County Judge will no longer provide Provision Certification for Process Servers. The applicant will wait until they received a communication from Maricopa to get their Private Process Server Card and get their photo.
- Filing Fee: $188.00
- Background Check: $22.00
- Total: $210.00
The $210.00 fee may be paid by cash, money order, credit card, Visa/Master Card, personal check with card holder/check holder’s valid ID. Checks and Money Orders are to be made payable to: Clerk of the Superior Court
Applicants are also required to bring a $5.00 Money Order payable to: Pinal County Sheriff’s Department. This fee is for the Applicant to be fingerprinted. Please Note: money orders will only be accepted at Sheriff’s Department.
Pinal County Registered Private Process Servers Report (PDF)
- Applicant will arrive at scheduled appointment and check in at window (8). Applicant will submit all required documentation and fees.
- Application and fees will be processed by clerk at window. A case number will be assigned and file folder created.
- Clerk will then direct applicant to testing area and applicant will be allowed (90) minutes to complete the test.
- After testing is complete clerk will direct the Applicant to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department for the fingerprinting process. The Sheriff’s Department is located next to the Superior Court building and within walking distance.
- While the Applicant is being fingerprinted the clerk will grade applicants test. Test results will be provided to Applicant after returning from the Sheriff’s Department.
- Once returning from the Sheriff’s Department, the Applicant will turn in fingerprints to the Clerk. The Clerk will then inform Applicant of test score. The Applicant must pass with a score of 85% or more.
- The Clerk will provide the Applicant with a Test Result Letter advising of their passing score and missed questions.
- The Clerk will continue processing the Applicant’s case after they depart from the Clerks office. The Clerk will forward the Applicants fingerprints to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
- Once the fingerprint results return from the Arizona Department of Public Safety the Clerk will forward the fingerprint results, applicant’s court file and Order Approving (3) Year License to the Judge for review.
- If the Order Approving (3) Year License is approved and signed by the Judge, the Clerk will forward the application / order to the Maricopa Private Process Server Coordinator.
- If the Applicant has failed the initial examination, the Clerk will provide the Applicant with the Test Result Letter. The Test Result Letter will advise the Applicant of their score and all questions missed.
- The Applicant may sit for one (1) re-examination. The Applicant may retake the examination within (90) days.
- The re-examination may not be taken the same day as the initial examination. The reexamination may be scheduled for a later date.
- The Applicant will be provided a different examination when re-testing.
- If the Applicant fails the re-examination, the Applicant shall wait (90) days from the date of the re-examination to submit a Request for Additional Re-Examination to the Judge.