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Process Server


  • Any person, corporation, or partnership whose principal place of business is in Modoc County and who makes more than 10 services of process within this state during one calendar year for compensation must file and maintain a verified certificate of registration as a Process Server with the Modoc County Clerk.
  • Persons exempt from registration are the following:
    • Any sheriff, marshal, or government employee who is acting within the course of their employment.
    • An attorney or their employees when serving process related to cases for which the attorney is providing legal services.
    • Any person who is specially appointed by a court to serve its process.
    • A licensed private investigator or their employees.
    • A professional photocopier registered under Section 22450, or an employee thereof, whose only service of process relates to subpoenas for the production of records, which subpoenas specify that the records be copied by that registered professional photocopier.
  • The Modoc County Clerk is a regulatory entity that submits fingerprints to the Department of Justice as part of the registration for Process Servers.
    • A Live Scan form must be picked up at our office and taken to one of the following Live Scan fingerprint services to be completed BEFORE filing an application.
      • Modoc County Sheriff's Office: 102 S. Court Street, Alturas:
      • Alturas Police Department: 200 W North Street, Alturas;

  • The certificate is valid for two (2) years.

To register as a Process Server, appear in person at the County Clerk's office with the following:

  • Process Server Bond in the amount of $2,000 in the name of the person, corporation, or partnership that is registering in favor of Modoc County, State of California 
  • Live Scan form from Live Scan agency
  • Valid picture identification
  • Filing Fee - $110 for each registration. (This includes the $10 fee for one ID card)

All information is verified for correctness. A registration number will be assigned. NOTE: If the Individual or Company has previously been filed as a Process Server, that same number will be issued ONLY if the filing has NOT EXPIRED. For those who are required to submit fingerprints for background checks, a temporary ID card, valid for 120 days, will be issued until clearance is received from the FBI & DOJ. Once clearance has been granted, the permanent 2-year ID card may be picked up in person or mailed to the applicant.

Applications are accepted Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The process takes 20 to 30 minutes. Payment may be made by cash, preprinted checks, or money orders made payable to Modoc County Clerk. Credit or debit cards are NOT accepted.

For Process Server code see Business and Professions Code 22350