Civil Process Fees
The following are uniform, non-refundable fees which are charged by Sheriffs of the State of Florida for service of process and which became effective July 1, 2014 (Florida Statute 30.231).
The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office Judicial Services Section carries out the Sheriff's statutory responsibility to serve civil process. Judicial process documents originate from the courts, governmental agencies, and private attorneys in Florida and throughout the United States.
Business hours of the Judicial Services Section are:
- Monday through Friday
- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fees for service of civil process are set forth by Florida Statute 30.231 and are non-refundable.
Fees for Service of Process
- All Summons and Writs, except Executions: $40 for each Summons issued for each defendant/respondent to be served
- Out of State (Summons, Citations, Notice etc...): $50 for each defendant / respondent to be served
- All other Writs, including Warrant for Possession (Evictions) requiring a levy or seizure of property: $50 plus the $40 fee stated above
- Witness Subpoenas: $40 for each witness to be served
- Writs of Execution:
- $50 for each levy made
- $40 for processing writ and levy instructions
- $40 for each advertisement of sale under process
- $40 for each sale under process
- $40 for deed, bill of sale, or satisfaction of judgment
Cost Deposits for Levies
A reasonable cost deposit to cover levy fees and expenses in connection with the requested services shall be deposited in advance. In accordance with Florida Statute 30.231(2), deposits may vary if additional services are required to complete a levy.
- Vehicles, including motorcycles: $1,800
- Boats with trailers: $1,800
- Boats without trailers: $2,500 (amount determined by whether boat is in water or dry dock)
- Real property/real estate (requires warranty deed and/or title search showing ownership and encumbrances):
- $1,250 (short legal)
- $1,450 (long legal)
- Small business (contents - limited inventory): $2,550
- Large business (contents - extensive inventory): $3,550