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The Civil Process Unit accepts legal documents for service, such as notices of small claim, petitions for dissolution, summons, complaints and more. Due to staffing shortages, we may not make a first attempt at service for approximately 45 days, excluding weekends and holidays. If this poses a problem, you may elect to hire a private process server. Our office typically does not serve in the evenings or on 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, dates of birth (if known), hazard information, and service deadlines and requirements. 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

ALERTMileage rate increase for 2022

Click on this link for fees effective February 14, 2022. Updated fees for restitutions in Seattle metro and elsewhere in King County found by clicking here.

Fees are payable in advance. Acceptable methods of payment are cash, check, or money order. Check or money order should be made payable to "King County Sheriff." At this time, we cannot 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
Closed weekends and holidays.

 Please note:  Effective immediately our in-person lobby hours of operation are 10:00am to 2:00pm.