Process Server Individual

Process Server Individual License Application Checklist

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For health and safety reasons, the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Licensing Center and NYC Small Business Support Center cannot serve walk-ins, but you can schedule an appointment to submit your license application in person. See Application Filing Process section.

Note: As in-person service is limited, we encourage you to use our online service which is available 24/7.

Who Must Have a Process Server Individual License?

You must have a Process Server Individual license if you serve personally or by substituted service five (5) or more processes in any one-year period.

You do not need a Process Server Individual license if:

  • You are an attorney admitted to practice in New York State.
  • You are an employee of a city, state, or federal department or agency acting within the scope of your employment.

This description is only a general explanation of which individuals need to have a Process Server Individual license.

Quick List of Requirements to Apply for a Process Server Individual License

See Requirements section for detailed descriptions. Make sure you provide all requirements; otherwise, your application is incomplete. DCWP can only consider complete applications for license issuance.

  • Basic Individual License Application
  • Photo Identification (ID) of License Applicant
  • Process Server Individual Background Information Form
  • One Current Color Passport-size Photograph of License Applicant
  • Process Server Individual Bond Requirement
  • Roster of Process Serving Agencies
  • Process Server Individual Exam and $75 Exam Fee
  • Electronic Device Certification
  • Recordkeeping Certification
  • Fingerprints and Processing Fee
  • Granting Authority to Act Affirmation (if applicable)
  • License Fee

Submitting your application does not mean your license is automatically approved.

Requirements

DCWP will deny your application if you do not submit these required documents and information:

  • Photo Identification (ID) of License Applicant
    Acceptable forms of ID include:
    • U.S.-issued driver’s license or non-driver’s license identification
    • License or permit issued by a government agency
    • Passport
    • Alien card/green card
    • City, State, or Federal employee ID card
    • Municipal ID card
  • Process Server Individual Background Information Form (download)
  • One Current Color Passport-size Photograph of License Applicant.
    In Person: DCWP will photograph license applicants at no cost in the DCWP Licensing Center. Applicants can also submit a current color passport-size photograph.

    Online: License applicants can upload an image file of digital passport photo quality. A digital camera with a resolution of 1 mega-pixel is adequate.
  • Process Server Individual Bond Requirement
    Process server individuals must post a surety bond for the duration of the license period. Submit ONE of the following as proof of bond requirement:
    • Copy of $10,000 Surety Bond, properly signed
      The copy of the bond must name the City of New York as the Certificate Holder. Your name and address must be exactly the same on all documents. You must also submit a copy of the bond receipt showing that the bond has been paid in full and does not expire before the end of the licensing period. See License Fee section for expiration date. Download a Surety Bond model template
      Download a list of bonding companies. Note: The list is not exhaustive, and DCWP does not endorse or recommend any particular bonding company.

      OR

    • Process Server Individual Trust Fund Enrollment Form (download) AND Proof of Bond Denials
      If you are unable to obtain a bond, you must pay into a Trust Fund established by DCWP. Submit the following documents:
      • Completed Process Server Individual Trust Fund Enrollment Form. The fee for joining the Trust Fund is $1,000.
      • Copies of applications submitted to TWO different surety bond companies
      • ORIGINAL denial letters from the two sureties

      OR

    • Process Server Individual Employee Bond Exemption (download)
      If you serve process exclusively as an employee of a process serving agency:
      • Your agency must complete the Process Server Individual Employee Bond Exemption Certification
      • You must submit a copy of the Process Serving Agency's bond.
  • Roster of Process Serving Agencies (download)
    Applicants must complete the roster.

    Note: You must notify DCWP within five (5) days of any changes to the Roster of Process Serving Agencies. Notification must be in writing and submitted in person OR by mail to:

    Attn: Licensing Center
    New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection
    42 Broadway
    New York, NY 10004
  • Process Server Individual Exam and Exam Fee
    Applicants must visit the DCA Licensing Center or NYC Small Business Support Center between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to take the Process Server Individual Exam.

    The exam consists of 30 multiple choice questions. You must answer a minimum of 21 questions correctly to pass. The fee is $75. The exam fee is separate from the license fee and is nonrefundable. If you fail the exam twice, you must reapply for the license and pay the license and exam fee again in order to retake the exam.

    IMPORTANT
  • Electronic Device Certification (download)
  • Recordkeeping Certification (download)
  • Fingerprints and Processing Fee.
    License Applicants must schedule an appointment with IdentoGO to be fingerprinted:
    • Visit uenroll.identogo.com
    • Enter:
      • Service Code. Enter 1585J9
      • Agency ID. Enter numbers only from Record ID Number. Record ID Number is on your receipt or confirmation letter when you apply online. (Example: For Record ID Number 12345-2021-AHIC, enter only 123452021 as Agency ID.)
    • Follow the instructions and pay the required fee(s).
     
    IMPORTANT: Anyone required to be fingerprinted should schedule an appointment as soon as possible to complete this requirement.
  • Granting Authority to Act Affirmation (download)
    If this application will be filed by someone other than the license applicant, the license applicant must submit a Granting Authority to Act Affirmation. 
  • License Fee.
    License Period: 2 years | Expiration Date: February 28, Even Years.
If You File Your Application Between These Dates: License Fee Option 1 License Fee Option 2
From March 1* in an even year to August 31 in an even year
*Or February 29 in a leap year
Pay $340 for a license expiring February 28 of the next even year. (Valid for at most 24 months.) N/A
From September 1 in an even year to February 28 in an odd year Pay $255 for a license expiring February 28 of the soonest even year. (Valid for at most 18 months.) N/A
From March 1 in an odd year to August 31 in an odd year Pay $170 for a license expiring February 28 of the soonest even year. (Valid for at most 12 months.) N/A
From September 1 in an odd year to February 28 in an even year Pay $85 for a license expiring February 28 of the soonest even year. (Valid for at most 6 months.) Pay $425 for a license expiring February 28 of the next even year. (Valid for at most 30 months.)

 
Pay by:

○ Check or money order payable to DCWP. (In person)
○ Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card only). You will be charged a nonrefundable Convenience Fee. (In person or online)

Application Filing Process

File Online

  1. Review requirements and gather all materials before clicking the button below. The online service is available using a laptop or desktop computer only.
  2. If you haven’t registered an account with the City of New York, you will need to register an account before you can proceed to the online application.
  3. After you submit the online application, follow the instructions on the confirmation page. DCWP cannot process incomplete applications.
  4. Important: If you need to file another license application, return to the Apply for a DCWP License page to read requirements and proceed to the next online application.

Apply Online Button

OR

File In Person
Schedule an appointment to file in person at the DCWP Licensing Center or NYC Small Business Support Center

DCWP LICENSING CENTER
42 Broadway, Lobby
New York, NY 10004

By Appointment Only Hours:
Monday, Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Last appointment: 3:30 p.m.
NYC SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT CENTER
90-27 Sutphin Blvd, 4th Floor
Jamaica, NY 11435

By Appointment Only Hours:
Tuesday, Thursday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Last appointment: 3:30 p.m.

 
By Email: LicensingAppointments@dca.nyc.gov
By Phone*: Call (212) 436-0441. (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

*This number is to schedule an appointment for in-person service only. For general questions, email onlineappsdocs@dca.nyc.gov.

Free Interpretation Services are available on-site. To request a disability-related accommodation, please email DCWP’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator at humancapital@dca.nyc.gov or visit our Accommodations page.

Additional Resources for Process Server Individuals

  • New York City Process Server’s Registry Ledger
    This is a bound book that you must maintain in accordance with the regulations of this license. See New York General Business Law § 89-cc and Title 6, Rules of the City of New York § 2-233 for requirements.
  • Electronic Records
    You must maintain records in an electronic format that is resistant to tampering. You must maintain records by:
    • Entering the required information in a format provided by DCWP as an Excel spreadsheet. OR
    • Using a third party document management system provided that records contain the fields outlined in §2-233a (3) (i) to (xiv). OR
    • Scanning the required written log book into a PDF.
  • Traverse Reports
    Under New York City law, licensed process servers and process serving agencies must report a scheduled traverse hearing (hearing contesting service) to DCA within 10 days of receiving oral or written notice. See Title 6, Rules of the City of New York § 2-236(c). Download the Traverse Report Form for Process Servers/Agencies. You may use this form to report the hearing.
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