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None of the information contained in this section should be construed as legal advice.

If you have a legal question, please contact an attorney.

Civil Process Service Requirements & Forms

Before the Sheriff's Department can serve processes on your behalf you must have a court order.  Use the "Getting a Judgement or Order" or the "Court Self-Help" links to the right to obtain a court order for restraining orders, evictions, small claims, etc., or for alternative dispute resolution.

The law requires that all civil processes brought to the Sheriff for service must be accompanied by adequate legal instructions. The instructions must state the process to be served, the person or entity to be served, the location for service, and be signed by the attorney of the party or by the party if he or she has no attorney.

You can use the links below to fill out forms for certain civil processes. Certain types of levies, such as keeper levies, require very specific instructions. The use of these forms will ensure all of the required information needed by the Sheriff will be included in your instructions.

Each form can be completed online, printed, and returned to the appropriate Court Services office listed at the top of each form.  Please follow all instructions carefully in order to avoid unnecessary delays.

Process Service Instruction Forms


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The Riverside County Sheriff's Court Services Division does not accept personal checks for civil process fees.
Cash, cashier's check, or money order must accompany requests for services.

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