Process Server

The Role of a Process Server?

Process servers are needed in an assortment of tasks such as filing court papers, serving legal documents, and document retrieval. Their principal job is to deliver or “serve” legal documents to a defendant or person involved in a court case.

Permanent Process Servers (PPS) are appointed on an annual basis. In order to be considered for appointment, petitioners must meet specific requirements for consideration. To become a PPS in DeKalb County, the requesting party must submit an official application for review and consideration by the Superior Court Chief Judge.

Court Approved Process Servers


What is required to become an approved DeKalb County Superior Court Process Server?

  • Completion of a DeKalb County Superior Court Process Server Application
  • Provide a copy of applicant’s birth certificate/certificate of naturalization
  • Provide results of a state and federal criminal background check populated within 30 days of application submission.
  • Provide proof of completion of the Georgia Process Servers 12-Hour Pre-Certification Training
  • Submittal of an Affidavit for Appointment of Permanent Process Server
  • Provide proof of successfully passing the Georgia Certified Process Server State Examination
  • Provide proof of commercial surety bond or policy of commercial insurance

Process Server Application Forms


Please click the following link for more information about the Georgia Process Servers 12-Hour Pre-Certification Training, the 5-hour Continuing Education Course, and the Georgia Certified Process Server State Examination:

Notification Process

Once the Process Server Application is reviewed and a decision regarding appointment has been made, the petitioner will be notified to pick up his/her order and required to file his/her Process Server Order and Affidavit with the Clerk of Superior Court (G-50).  A regular copy (filed-stamp copy) must be delivered to the chambers of the Chief Judge for the appointment to be finalized.

Process Server Appointment Term

If approved, your Process Server Appointment will remain effective for a one-year period beginning January of the calendar year. All Process Server Appointments will be posted on the DeKalb County Superior Court website.

Please note that ALL approved process servers become inactive on December 31st of each year.

There are no submission restrictions for renewal/new applications; therefore, applicants are welcomed to apply throughout the year but will only be approved for the duration of the current calendar year.

Applications may either be submitted by certified mail or hand delivered to:

DeKalb County Superior Court
Chief and Administrative Judge of Superior Court
556 North McDonough Street
Decatur, GA 30030