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Civil Process Unit

Civil Process Services1


Payments for service fees and citation sign-off fees can be made by check payable to: COUNTY OF ORANGE - SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT or by credit card at our offices. Office locations are listed below.

The Orange County Sheriff Court Operations division offers cost effective, professional civil process services. Every effort will be made to serve your papers in a timely manner and to make what is often a difficult situation manageable. All service fees are set by Government code and are detailed below. To maximize our services, please adhere to the following:   Here are a few tips that will allow you to maximize our service:

  • Submit the papers to be served as soon as possible. Even with the best instruction, it can be difficult to locate the person(s) you wish to serve. Providing the Sheriff's Department with more time to serve the papers increases the chances of successful service on your behalf.
  • Be sure to include the case number and the name of the case defendant on any correspondence concerning your service request.
  • To check the status of the case, please write to us and include the case number, the defendant's name and address, the date you submitted the papers and your name and return address. In an emergency, you are welcome to contact us by phone. You can also check status on our Civil File Status Portal. You must have your court case number and Sheriff file number, in order use this portal.
  • After papers have been served, you will be notified by mail.

Note: The Sheriff's Department can serve all of your papers however 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. The Sheriff's Department is unable to accept credit card payment in person. When it becomes available we will provide the information.

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




Cities Served

E-Filing Portal



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 for 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.

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

  • Certified Mail $15.00

  • 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 $40.00

For service of Out-of-State documents, complete the Out of State Instructions.  Mark the box if requesting a notarized proof.  A notary fee of $15.00 per proof for each party to be served is required in addition to the service fee.