​For your civil process queries, please contact us Monday–Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 919-856-6900.

Procedure for obtaining service on In-State Process

The service fee for In-State Process is $30 per person.


  • Original Summons/Notice/Order/Subpoena (to be returned to Clerk of Court)
  • Original Summons/Notice/Order/Subpoena (to be served to defendant/s – with complaint or attachment)
  • Affidavit of Service (if not provided on service documents)

Procedure for obtaining service on Out-of-State Process

The service fee for Out-of-State Process is $35 per person.


  • Original Summons (including attachments as necessary)
  • Original Return of Service Form
  • One copy for each person being served
  • Letter of instructions or special needs, as desired
  • Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope for return of service to you

Payment: Check or Money Order

Cost: $35 per person being served (even if at same address)

Payable to: Wake County Sheriff's Office 


Wake County Sheriff's Office
P. O. Box 550
Raleigh, North Carolina 27602
Attn: Out of State Service Desk


  1. Parties being served must be located within Wake County.
  2. Physical address required; we are unable to serve to a post office box.
  3. Ensure documents have been signed by Clerk of Court, contain file number and court date, if applicable.
  4. If you need further information or assistance, you may call us at 919-856-6900.