Can a Private Investigator serve legal documents just like a registered process server?


Yes.  California Business & Professions code section 22350(b) exempts California Private Investigators from registering as a process server.  This is because it takes thousands of hours of investigative experience to become a private detective. There are no requirements to become a registered process server except passing a fingerprint check, getting a process server bond and paying a fee.  That is why it is best to hire a private detective to serve your legal documents.

Lance Casey PI, is a former undercover police officer with more than 25 years of investigative experience.  Hire a private eye to serve your legal documents.

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What does a Private Investigator Process Server Do?

Lance Casey PI states “A large part of our business involves serving legal documents to individuals, Government agencies, Corporations and businesses.  Our role is to deliver the documents to the involved party to notify them that they are involved in a legal proceeding.


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How does a Private Investigator Process Server serve legal documents?

You will provide a location for the service of process and we will attempt to serve the person there.  This location could be their home, work, mediation appointment, or court appearance.

Don’t have a current address for the person?  

We can run a skip trace search to attempt to locate a current address for service of process.  We will take information about the subject like their name, prior address, telephone numbers, ect.  This information will be entered into a private investigator database in an attempt to locate an updated address.

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What type of documents does a private investigator process server serve?

Lance Casey PI will serve the following types of documents:

small claims papers, civil/criminal subpoenas, divorce/family law papers, restraining orders, child custody papers, eviction notices

How to serve small claims forms?

The small claim form that we serve on the defendant is the SC-100 Plaintiff’s Claim and order to go to small claims court.  This form can be served via certified mail, personal service and substituted service. If you choose certified mail, the court clerk will handle this service.  Personal service and substituted service must be handled by an uninvolved third party. That is why it is best to hire a professional process server like Lance Casey PI.

How to subpoena records in small claims court?

Our clients hire us to serve SC-107 Small Claims Subpoena for Personal Appearance and Production of Documents at Trial or Hearing and Declaration.

What happens after you serve my small claims forms?

Whenever we serve SC-100 Plaintiff’s claims and order to go to small claims court, we complete the SC-104 proof of service form.  We will mail you the original SC-104 to you to file with the court. We can file the proof of service at our local court for a fee.

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How much does it cost to serve divorce papers?

The price to serve divorce papers can range from $100 up to $300.  Its best to hire a local private investigator process server like Lance Casey PI to serve your divorce papers.


What types of divorce papers do you serve?

We serve FL-100 Petition – Marriage/Domestic Partnership, FL-105 Declaration Under Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), FL-110 Summons (Family Law), FL-115 Proof of Service of Summons (Family Law), FL-130 Appearance, Stipulations, and Waivers (Family Law-Uniform Parentage-Custody and Support), FL-142 Schedule of Assets and Debts (Family Law).


Can I Serve my own divorce papers?

No.  Let Lance Casey PI serve your divorce papers.  Lance is a third party who can deliver divorce papers today.

What’s a restraining order?

A restraining order (also called a “protective order”) is a court order that can protect someone from being physically or sexually abused, threatened, stalked, or harassed. The person getting the restraining order is called the “protected person.” The person the restraining order is against is the “restrained person.” Sometimes, restraining orders include other “protected persons” like family or household members of the protected person.

Who serves a restraining order?

Lance Casey PI serve restraining orders.  We serve Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Civil Harassment Restraining Orders, Workplace Violence Restraining Orders, and Elder or Dependent Adult Abuse Restraining Orders.

How to serve child custody papers?

Hire a private eye to serve your child custody papers.  We serve FL-300 Request for Order, FL-305 Temporary Emergency (Ex Parte) Orders, FL-320 Responsive Declaration to Request for Order, FL-150 Income and Expense Declaration

How to Serve a subpoena?

Lance Casey PI serves subpoenas directly to the individual being subpoenaed or their 1505 registered agent. California corporations, Limited Liability Companies and Limited Partnerships are required to identify a 1505 registered agent for service of process.  

Where are the 1505 registered agents in Sacramento California?

Lance Casey PI serve legal documents to the following 1505 registered agents in Sacramento, Ca:

CSC Lawyers Incorporating Service 2710 Gateway Oaks Drive Suite 150N Sacramento, Ca  95833

Prentice Hall Corporation Systems 2710 Gateway Oaks Drive Suite 150N Sacramento, Ca  95833

Sundoc Filings 7801 Folsom Blvd #202, Sacramento, CA 95826

National Corporate Research ltd. Inc 1325 J St #1550, Sacramento, CA 95814

Corporation Service Company doing business as CSC Lawyers Incorporating Service 2710 Gateway Oaks Drive Suite 150N Sacramento, Ca  95833

Prentice-Hall Corporation System, Inc. 2710 Gateway Oaks Drive Suite 150N Sacramento, Ca  95833

Incorporating Services ltd 7801 Folsom Blvd #202, Sacramento, CA 95826

Cogency Global Inc., Formerly Known as National Corporate Research 1325 J St #1550, Sacramento, CA 95814

Registered Agent Solutions 1220 S Street Suite 150 Sacramento, CA 95811

Legalinc Corporate Services 4788 Dewey Drive Fair Oaks Ca 95628

Corp2000 720 14th Street Sacramento, Ca 95814

Paracorp Incorporated 2804 Gateway Oaks Dr #100, Sacramento, CA 95833

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How to Serve a subpoena duces tecum to a 1505 registered agent in Sacramento California?

  1. Complete the online form & upload your documents or

  2. Email your documents with instructions to, Fax your documents with instructions to (916) 244-2636

  3. Pay for service of process.  I will email you an invoice for payment or you can pay over the phone with a credit card.

How much does it cost to serve someone?

Sacramento area process service can range from $40 for the Sacramento County Sheriff Civil division up to $300 for a difficult to serve process service with surveillance.

Why is your price so much higher than the sheriff’s department and other local process servers?

Lance Casey PI states “My rate is higher because you will receive personalized service. I will come to your Sacramento area home or business to pick up the documents.  On most occasions you documents will be served the same day received. Last minute process service requests are ok. You will receive text/email updates. We serve on weekends, early mornings, and late at night.  We can even serve your documents on a specific date and time in the future.

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