Florida rules for service of process

On a State level Florida rules "Chapter 48" is a process servers Bible. Everything you need to know about proper  service in Florida.


On a Federal Level Florida rules Chapter 

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Service on an individual

Service on an individual

Service on an individual

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Process is made by delivering a copy of it to the person to be served with a copy of the complaint, petition, or other initial pleading or paper or by leaving the copies at his or her usual place of abode with any person residing therein who is 15 years of age or older and informing the person of their contents.


Chapter 48.031

Service on a Corp.

Service on an individual

Service on an individual

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Process is made by delivering a copy of it to the president or vice president, or other head of the corporation, treasurer, secretary, general manager, director or registered agent. In there absence we may serve on any employee at the corporation’s principal place of business or on any employee of the registered agent.


Chapter 48.081

Service on an LLC

Service on an individual

Service on a minor

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Process against a limited liability company, may be served on the registered agent (R/A). in the absence of the R/A we may serve the process on any employee of the R/A during the first attempt. If neither are available, we are to serve a member of the LLC. If the address for the R/A, member, or manager is a residence, a private mailbox, a virtual office, or an executive office or mini suite, service may be made in accordance with 48.031.


Chapter 48.062

Service on a minor

Service on an incompetent

Service on a minor

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Process against a minor who has never been married shall be served:

(a) By serving a parent or guardian of the minor as provided for in s. 48.031 or, when there is a legal guardian appointed for the minor, by serving the guardian as provided for in s. 48.031.


Chapter 48.041

Service on the state

Service on an incompetent

Service on an incompetent

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When the state has consented to be sued, process against the state shall be served on the state attorney or an assistant state attorney for the judicial circuit within which the action is brought and by sending two copies of the process by registered or certified mail to the Attorney General.


Chapter 48.121

Service on an incompetent

Service on an incompetent

Service on an incompetent

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By serving two copies of the process to the person who has care or custody of the incompetent or, when there is a legal guardian appointed for the incompetent, by serving the guardian as provided in s. 48.031.


Chapter 48.042

Service on a Dissolved Corporation

Service on Public Agency and Officers

Service on a Dissolved Corporation

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Process against the directors of any corporation which was dissolved before July 1, 1990, as trustees of the dissolved corporation shall be served on one or more of the directors of the dissolved corporation as trustees thereof and binds all of the directors of the dissolved corporation as trustees thereof. Process against any other dissolved corporation shall be served in accordance with s. 48.081.


Chapter 48.101

Service on financial institute

Service on Public Agency and Officers

Service on a Dissolved Corporation

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Service on financial institutions must be made in accordance with s. 655.0201.


655.0201 - By serving registered agent located within the state as the financial institution’s sole location or agent for service of process, notice, levy, or demand. Any such place or registered agent so designated must be open and available for service of process during regular business hours on regular business days, which, at a minimum, is any time between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. local time, on Mondays through Fridays, excluding federal and Florida holidays. If a financial institution has no registered agent or service cannot be made in accordance with subsection (2), service may be made to any officer, director, or business agent of the financial institution at its principal place of business or at any other branch, office, or place of business in the state.


Chapter 48.092



Service on Public Agency and Officers

Service on Public Agency and Officers

Service on Public Agency and Officers

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Process against any municipal corporation, agency, board, or commission, department, or subdivision of the state or any county which has a governing board, council, or commission or which is a body corporate shall be served:

(a) On the president, mayor, chair, or other head, vice president, vice mayor, or vice chair, or on any member of the governing board, council, or commission.


Chapter 48.111