Civil Process Unit

The Orange County Sheriff Court Operations function is pleased to offer you cost effective, professional civil process services. If you decide to use our services, we promise to make every effort to serve your papers in a timely manner and to make what is often a difficult situation easier for you, our client. All of our fees are set by code and are detailed for you on the following pages. Here are a few tips that will allow you to maximize our service:

Bring us the papers you want served as soon as you can. Even with the best instruction you can offer us, it is sometimes difficult to find the person(s) you wish to serve. The more time you allow us, the better the chances that we will be successful on your behalf.

Be sure to include your case number and the name of the case defendant on any correspondence concerning your service request.

If you want to check on the status of your case, please write to us and include the case number, the defendant's name and address, the date you brought us the papers and your own name and return address. In an emergency, you are welcome to contact us by phone.

When we have concluded service on your papers, we will notify you by mail.

Remember that, although we are happy to serve ALL of your papers, certain court processes such as Small Claims, Summons and Complaints, Subpoenas and Restraining Orders CAN be served by anyone over the age of eighteen who is not a party to the action.

Finally, in the near future we hope to offer you the opportunity to use your credit card to pay services fees. We are also working hard to bring you on-line services. As the new conveniences are available we will tell you about them on this website and with postings in all of our offices. 

The Sheriff's Department serves all of Orange County. Below is a listing of the areas served by each Justice Center / Superior Court jurisdiction:




Cities Served


909 N. Main Street, Suite 2,
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Hours: 8:30AM - 4:30PM

(714) 569-3700


(714) 569-2368

Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, La Habra, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Midway City, Orange, Placentia, Rossmoor, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Villa Park ,  Westminster, Yorba Linda


4601 Jamboree Rd., Rm 108,
Newport Beach, Ca 92660
Hours: 8:30AM - 4:30PM

(949) 476-4820


(949) 476-4980

Aliso Viejo, Corona Del Mar, Costa Mesa, Coto De Caza , Dana Point, El Toro, Irvine, Lake Forest, Laguna Beach,  Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Trabuco Canyon


The new law regarding changes in the enforcement of judgments, as to Bank Levies was updated on September 1st, 2020. In addition to this change, the writ of execution form was changed to meet these requirements.

As of October 1, 2020, any writ submitted to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department which is not submitted on the new form, or have the information required by CCP 699.520(c), 699.540(3) in the instructions will be rejected.

The new writ form can be found on: - in the forms & filing tab- under forms

We thank you for your cooperation,
Orange County Sheriff’s Department- Civil Court Operations


Effective January 1, 2015

All checks must be imprinted with the payor’s name, address, and telephone number. (Per County of Orange Accounting Manual)

  •  Plaintiff’s Claim and Order/Claim of Defendant $40.00

  •  Order for Appearance $40.00

  •  Subpoena $40.00

  •  Summons & Complaint $40.00

  •  Prejudgment Claim of Right to Possession $40.00

  •  Other Single Process $40.00

  • Civil Bench Warrants

  • CCP 1209 $ No Charge

  • CCP 491.160 & CCP 708.170. $50.00

  • CCP 1993 $140.00 deposit

  • (Process Fee $40.00)

  • (Cancellation Fee $40.00)

  • (Not Found Fee $85.00)

  • (Cite & Release Fee $100.00)

Keeper Levy: 

  •  8 Hour $240.00 deposit 

  •   48 Hour $1,300.00 deposit 

  •  Open End $3,100.00 deposit

Vehicle Levy:

  • Vehicle (Large vehicles may require additional deposit) $1,800.00 deposit



  • Earnings Withholding Order $35.00

  • Bank Levy/Garnishment $40.00 

  • Safe Deposit Box Opening $135.00 plus Locksmith fees to the bank $varies

  •  Personal Property Levy & Sale $330.00 deposit


  • Bank; Escrow $ 40.00

  • Secretary of State $80.00 plus

  • $10.00 check payable to the Secretary Of State

  • DMV $ 80.00 plus $15.00 check payable to DMV

Real Property:

  • Writ of Attachment $300.00 deposit

  • Writ of Execution $2,000.00 deposit

  • Writ of Sale $2,000.00 deposit

  •  Release $150.00 deposit

Other Levies:

  • Writ of Possession (real property) $145.00

  • Writ of Possession - Repost $80.00

  •  Till Tap $100.00

  • Claim and Delivery $100.00 plus storage

  • Book Levy $40.00


  •  Cancellation $40.00

  • Not Found SPET, S&C, SUD $40.00

  • Not Found $35.00

Other Fees:

  • Keeper Levy Fee $100.00

  • 2nd thru 10th day Levy Fee (each day) $40.00

  •  Keeper's Fee 8 hours $140.00

  • Keeper's Fee 12 hours $300.00

  • Keeper's Not Found Fee $60.00

  • Not Found Fee $40.00

  •  Processing Fee $12.00

  • Discretionary Fees $18.00

  • Citation Fees $20.00

Out of State Fees