To become a licensed process server, visit state and local government sites to research your state's laws regarding process server qualification and certification. Laws and regulations vary by state. Generally, process servers must be 18 years or older, have no history of criminal convictions and have a valid driver's license. Taking a training course is often part of the qualification process, and a process server exam and background check may also be required to obtain licensing.
States typically publish a list of requirements for those who want to be process servers. For example, in New York the process begins by filling out a Basic Individual License Application and submitting it with a background form. Photo identification is required, as is a passport-sized photo. Applicants must also post a copy of a signed surety bond that has a specified value. New York applicants must also take the mandatory process server exam, which consists of multiple choice questions, and get a majority of questions right to pass.
Newly minted process servers gain experience by working for collection agencies, law firms and other private companies. Process servers can also find work by joining organizations such as the National Association of Process Servers and state associations. Continuing education is common in this field, as laws change periodically. Learning another language is beneficial for communicating with non-English speakers.