Civil Process

Contact Information

​For civil process inquiries, please contact our office Monday–Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., at 919-856-6900.

Procedure for obtaining service on In-State Process

The service fee for In-State Process is $30 per person


Original Summons/Notice/Order/Subpoena (to be returned to Clerk of Court)

Original Summons/Notice/Order/Subpoena (to be served to defendant/s – with complaint or attachment)

Affidavit of Service (if not provided on service documents)

Procedure for obtaining service on Out-of-State Process

The service fee for Out-of-State Process is $35 per person.


Original Summons (including attachments as necessary)

Original Return of Service Form

One copy for each person being served

Letter of instructions or special needs, as desired

Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope for return of service to you


Payment: Cash, Check, or Money Order


$35 is for (out of state) only per defendant and $30 for in state per defendant.

Payable to: Wake County Sheriff's Office 


Wake County Sheriff's Office
P. O. Box 550
Raleigh, North Carolina 27602
Attn: Out of State Service Desk


  1. Parties being served must be located within Wake County.
  2. Physical address required; we are unable to serve to a post office box.
  3. Ensure documents have been signed by Clerk of Court, contain file number and court date, if applicable.
  4. If you need further information or assistance, you may call us at 919-856-6900.