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The Civil Unit accepts legal documents for service, such as Notices of Small Claim, dissolution, summons, and more. Our office typically does not attempt service of process on evenings or weekends and we require payment of our fees in advance.

Information Needed to Serve

To more effectively assist you, we will need to know information about the person(s) to be served. Information needed includes addresses, physical description, phone numbers, birth date, hazard information, service requirements, and the deadline for service. You may use the Service Contact Information Sheet to provide us with this information (if unable to view, use this pdf version). It is your responsibility to provide this information to our office. We are unable to attempt service without a valid, physical address. We cannot serve papers at a P.O. box. It is important to note that we do not guarantee service.

Fees charged

ALERT:  Effective January 1, 2018, mileage costs increase to 54.5 cents/mile.  Please see our updated Civil Process Unit fee schedule for the new mileage charges.  Fees are payable in advance. Acceptable methods of payment are cash, check, or money order. Checks and money orders should be made payable to "King County Sheriff." At this time, we do not accept credit, debit cards or 2nd party checks.

Related Information

Contact or visit us at :

Civil Process Unit
King County Courthouse
516 Third Avenue, Room W-150
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 263-2600
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed weekends and holidays.