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Becoming a civil process server in the state of Georgia is fairly easy since Georgia does not have licensing requirements as some other states require. Since the average process server is charged with delivering court paperwork, such as divorce petitions and other legal documents, the process server in Georgia must be at least 18 years old and have the patience and business acumen to track down people who may not want to be found.
Decide which county that you would prefer to work in. Though the State of Georgia does not have any special laws with regard to becoming a process server, some counties in Georgia may require the applicant to register with their court system, get a background check and become appointed by a court personnel liaison, such as a court administrator or judge. One such county, Cobb County, requires applicants to register and become permanent appointed process servers.
Visit the courthouse for the county that you live in. Ask the Clerk of the Court if a Process Servers Application Packet is available and complete it thoroughly before returning it back to the Clerk. If a packet is not available, request to speak with the on-duty magistrate judge to be appointed as a court-appointed process server. In this instance, you will need to have a copy of your background report from the sheriff's department. You may end up being required to schedule a time when the judge can speak with you in her chambers to complete your appointment and sign off on your affidavit stating that your are of good moral character and have not committed any serious criminal offenses.
Advertise your service with local attorneys through business cards, one free initial service and also by advertising within local legal publications. Make sure to ask the sheriff department in your area if they would be amenable to letting you complete a few jobs to prove your dependability to them.
Khalidah Tunkara is an accomplished freelance writer and journalist based in Atlanta, Ga. Tunkara began her writing career in 1994 and attended Georgia Perimeter College. Her articles have appeared in "The New Trend," "Atlanta Journal-Constitution," eHow.com and Trails Travel. Tunkara is the featured Headline News writer for the Examiner.