Bill Text: AZ SB1012 | 2018 | Fifty-third Legislature 2nd Regular | Introduced

Bill Title: Private process servers; authority

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2018-01-09 - Senate read second time [SB1012 Detail]

Download: Arizona-2018-SB1012-Introduced.html



PREFILED††† DEC 06 2017

REFERENCE TITLE: private process servers; authority




State of Arizona


Fifty-third Legislature

Second Regular Session




SB 1012


Introduced by

Senator Kavanagh





amending section 12-3301, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to private process servers.





Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1.  Section 12-3301, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE12-3301.  Private process servers; background investigation; fees

A.  Private process servers who are duly appointed or certified pursuant to rules established by the supreme court may serve all process, writs, orders, pleadings or papers that are required or permitted by law to be served before, during or independently of a court action, including all such as are required or permitted to be served by a sheriff or constable pursuant to section 11‑441, subsection A, paragraphs 6 and 7, section 11‑447 and section 11‑448, except writs or orders requiring the service officer to sell, deliver or take into the officer's custody persons or property, or as may otherwise be limited by supreme court rule. A private process server is an officer of the court.

B.  In attempting to serve or while serving process, a duly appointed or certified private process server is authorized to:

1.  Enter and remain on real property.

2.  Enter unannounced and remain in a planned community or condominium association that is guarded or gated.

B.  C.  As a condition of certification, the supreme court shall require each private process server applicant to furnish a full set of fingerprints to enable a criminal background investigation to be conducted to determine the suitability of the applicant.  The completed applicant fingerprint card shall be submitted with the fee prescribed in section 41‑1750 to the department of public safety.† The applicant shall bear the cost of obtaining the applicant's criminal history record information.† The cost may not exceed the actual cost of obtaining the applicant's criminal history record information.† Applicant criminal history records checks shall be conducted pursuant to section 41‑1750 and Public Law 92‑544.  The department of public safety may exchange the submitted applicant fingerprint card information with the federal bureau of investigation for a federal criminal records check.

C.  D.  A private process server may charge such fees for services as may be agreed on between the process server and the party engaging the process server. END_STATUTE