Florida Process Server Bonds Explained
Some judicial circuit courts in Florida require that process servers obtain a surety bond known as a process server bond. The purpose of the bond is to ensure that process servers abide by the law and that they don’t have personal interests in any of the cases they are involved in.
If there is a violation of the bond agreement, the bond will serve as compensation to third parties who have suffered loss as a result– usually the process server’s clients. The compensation comes in the form of a claim against the bond, which the process server is obliged to pay. The bond agreement is backed by a surety bond company, which is also legally responsible for the claim, acting as a second layer of protection.
Want to learn more about process server bonds in Florida? Keep reading the sections below, or call us at (877)-514-5146 and let us know how we can help!
Frequently Asked Questions
Who needs to obtain a process server bond in Florida?
The Chief Judge of the First Judicial Circuit of Florida requires all process servers in that circuit to obtain a bond. However, almost every other circuit requires that you get bonded, as well. A bond is also required by several sheriff’s offices.
How much does a process server bond cost in Florida?
The total amount of this bond is $5,000. This means that you and the surety are liable for up to $5,000 if you are found to be in violation of the law.
However, the cost of getting bonded is a lot less than that. It is calculated mostly on the basis of your credit score. Applicants with a high credit score pay a premium in the range of $100-$150 per year, while those with bad credit score see premiums varying between $150 and $250.
You can find more information about the cost of getting bonded on our “What Does a Surety Bond Cost?” page.
How do I apply for the bond?
To get bonded as a process server, you’ll need to submit our online application. Shortly after, we’ll be in touch with you to let you know what paperwork we’ll need to complete it.
Typically, sureties require that you provide ownership information and sign an indemnity agreement, guaranteeing that you will reimburse them if they need to pay for a claim on your behalf.
After processing your payment and paperwork, we do our best to get your bond ready within two business days. If you encounter any questions or issues, call us at (877)-514-5146 and we’ll be there to help.
How do I get a Florida process server license?
Obtaining a process server bond is just one of the steps towards obtaining a license in Florida. You must also:
- Be a permanent Florida resident
- Be a minimum of 18 years of age
- Get a criminal background check
- Pass an examination
- Get a Certificate of Good Conduct
- Pay applicable fees
After you submit your application, and take an oath in front of the sheriff, you will be issued your license. Process server licenses must be renewed annually, which include submitting a certificate of good standing and renewing your process server bond as well.
How are claims handled for this bond?
When becoming a process server you pledge to fulfill your duties in an honest and diligent way. You must comply with all the terms set out it Title 6, Chapter 48 of the Florida Statutes. It outlines your responsibilities under different scenarios. Failing to comply with these terms can lead to a bond claim.
Claims cannot go as high as $5,000 and can be time-consuming. This is why your best course of action is to pay any claims promptly if you’re notified of a violation. If a bond principal refuses to pay a claim, the surety must step in and provide the compensation. However, it will then sue the principal to get reimbursed.