Certified Process Servers

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The purpose of this memorandum is to provide information to individuals wishing to either become certified process servers or to remain certified in the Tenth Circuit (Polk, Hardee, and Highlands Counties). Enclosed is a copy of this court's administrative order that contains the procedures and the applicable fees that would pertain to you, depending on whether you want to become a process server for the first time in this circuit or need to renew your certification. I urge you to read the entire administrative order so that you are familiar with the procedures that apply to you. Click here to view Administrative Order 1-29.4

If you wish to become a process server for the first time, you must follow the procedures outlined in section I. Upon completion of the provisions that apply to you, and upon receipt in this office of all requirements set forth in the administrative order, the Court Administrator will review the application and inform you if it is approved. Please remember to send your application to this office, along with your check made payable to the "Clerk of Courts". The amount of the check will be $75.00.

You will be notified whether your application has been accepted or not. If it is not accepted, you will be told the reason(s) and told what you must do to be accepted. If the application is approved, you will ben notified and instructed to come to this office to receive your photo I.D. card. There is a $5.00 charge of the I.D. card, which you pay by check or money order once you're approved. (payable to the "Board of County Commissioners"). You must also bring a check or money order payable to the "Florida Department of Law Enforcement" (F.D.L.E.) for $24.00 for a background check.

All approved applications are provisional, subject to the results of the background investigation conducted by F.D.L.E.

I am thanking you in advance for your cooperation as you complete the application process.


*Approved Process Server Instructors in 10th Circuit:
  • A. Tom Santarias
         120 N. Florida Ave., Ste. 1
         Bartow, FL 33831
         (813) 662-1450
         (800) 860-7731
  • B. Barry Gaston Sr.
         P.O. Box 166
         Lake Wales, FL 33859-0166
         (863) 678-1235
  • C. Bob Musser
         P.O. Box 72
         Melbourne, FL 32902-0072
         (321) 952-0820
  • D. David Watwood
         P.O. Box 1536
         Bartow, FL 33831
         (863) 585-5244
         (863) 651-3095
  • E. Tom Conroy
         501 Peoples Lane
         Lakeland, FL 33815
         (863) 258-3603

*The 10th Circuit will recognize and accept a certificate from a training provider in another county as long as that Judicial Circuit recognizes the provider as a qualified Process Server training course.


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