What is the Florida 11th Judicial Circuit Court Process Server Bond
The Miami-Dade County Circuit Court, aka Florida’s 11th Judicial Circuit Court, requires all individuals who wish to be a Certified Civil Process Server to post a $5,000 surety bond. The court requires this bond as a way to ensure that you, as a process server, will follow all laws and regulations while delivering legal documents.
If you fail to follow those laws and regulations, any injured party can make a claim on your surety bond to recover damages up to the bond amount. The surety company will then investigate the claim to determine its validity. If it is valid and you do not resolve the dispute on your own, the surety will pay out the claim. Note that the surety will hold you responsible for reimbursing them for the total amount of the claim, plus any additional fees and expenses incurred.
Why do I need a process server bond in Florida?
Miami-Dade County and several other counties require a surety bond in order to become a Certified Civil Process Server (CPS). As defined by the court, a CPS is an individual “authorized by the Chief Judge to serve non-enforceable writs such as subpoenas, summonses, notices of hearings and requests for records.” Certified Civil Process Servers aid various police departments throughout Florida in serving legal documents.
Who is the obligee for this bond?
The obligee is the entity that requires you to get a bond. In this case, the obligee is the 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida for Miami-Dade County. Their contact information is below.
Certified Civil Process Servers Program
Dade County Courthouse, Room 911
73 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130
Phone: (305) 349-7707
Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, excluding court holidays
The process server bond for Florida’s 11th Circuit Court has a required bond amount of $5,000 and a bond term of one year. You will need to renew your bond for every year you wish to remain a Certified Civil Process Server.
How much does a Florida process server bond cost?
Fortunately, the Miami-Dade County process server bond is not underwritten. This means that the bond is issued at a set price and does not rely on credit. A bond like this usually costs less than $100. Once you purchase your bond with us, the original bond will be mailed to you so you can file it with the obligee.
How to get your process server bond
If you need an 11th Circuit Court Process Server Bond, you can fill out the form on this page and get your surety bond today. If you need a process server bond for a different county in Florida, you can find those here.
If you ever have any questions about your bond or the bonding process, please reach out to our surety experts at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-866-546-4605. You can also visit our FAQ page for further answers.
Frequently asked questions
To be a process server in Florida, you must:
– Be over the age of 18
– Be a permanent resident of the state of Florida
– Have no mental or legal disability
– Have zero felony convictions
– Have zero misdemeanor convictions within the past 5 years surrounding dishonesty/moral turpitude
If you are over 18 years old, a permanent resident of the state of Florida, with no legal or mental disabilities, and have a clean criminal record you can become a process server for the 11th Judicial Circuit Court.
The application process is pretty simple. You must:
1. Register an account in the CPS Portal during the application period.
2. Submit the application and a $300 application fee to the Clerk’s Office.
3. Upload proof of residency to the CPS Portal.
4. Upload the application fee receipt to the CPS Portal.
5. Pass a background check.
6. Pass the CPS Exam.
7. Attend the CPS Induction Ceremony.
8. Post a $5,000 process server surety bond.
Once you’ve purchased your Florida process server bond on our website, we will mail you the original. Once you’ve received it in the mail, you will be responsible for filing your bond with the Clerk of Courts.