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Pursuant to Florida Statute 30.15, all process to be served by the Sheriff must be issued from a proper court of jurisdiction. We do not serve letters or any other form of non-court ordered process. If you have something of this nature you would like served, we suggest you contact a private process server.

We serve all process according to Florida law, which states that "The service of process issued by a court of a state other than Florida may be made by the sheriffs of this state in the same manner as service of process issued by Florida courts." Please note that we do not notarize returns, ask as to the military status of the person to be served, and that Florida law does allow substitute service. If your state’s laws do not allow service without these requirements, or in accordance with the laws of the state in which service is to be perfected, we suggest you contact a private process server.

All civil and criminal process served on Leon County cases are returned to the Leon County Clerk of Court. We do not mail copies of the return of service. To check the status of your service, please check the court docket here, or call our office at one of the numbers at the bottom of this page.

For non-Leon County cases, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope to ensure our return of service and your original paperwork is returned to the correct address.

We require a physical address in order to attempt service. We cannot serve a post office box.

Per Florida Statute 48.031, service of law enforcement officers or any federal, state or municipal employee may not be accepted if the appearance date is less than five days from the date of service. All relevant agencies in Leon County strictly abide by this rule.

We do not forward civil process to other counties or agencies. Civil process that needs to be served outside of Leon County should be sent directly to the appropriate agency.

Please be aware that the volume of process handled by this office does not allow us to "hold" paperwork for any reason. Once we receive your process, we will attempt service. Most process received by this office is served within 7 to 10 business days.

While we will make every attempt to ensure that your paperwork is correct, it is your responsibility to ensure that everything is in order. Incorrect paperwork, missing copies, and failure to include the service fee are the most common errors, and will result in your paperwork being returned to you. As this can result in costly delays in the court process, please ensure that your paperwork is correct.

Contact Details

You may contact the Civil Unit directly at 850-606-3450 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday.

Our mailing address is:

Attn: Civil
Leon County Sheriff's Office
P.O. Box 727
Tallahassee, FL 32302

Our Street Address is:

Attn: Civil
Leon County Government Annex Building
313 S. Calhoun Street
Suite 100
Tallahassee, FL 32301
(Behind the Leon County Courthouse)

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

Social Media Posting Policy:

Thank you for following the Leon County Sheriff’s Office on social media! We welcome you to share your thoughts and feedback with us, and we ask that you please be responsible and courteous in your comments and replies. We reserve the right to hide/remove any comments or ban any users who violate our policy. Comments that contain obscene, indecent, or profane language; contain threats or defamatory statements; are bullying, intimidating, or harassing any user; contain personal attacks; contain hate speech; promote or endorse services or products; suggest or encourage illegal activity; are multiple, repetitive off-topic posts by a single user (spam); are not topically related to the particular posting; violate a legal ownership interest of any other party; or imbed links to other Internet sites may be hidden/removed. Users who violate this policy may be banned.

Our rules of decorum are in place to encourage civil discourse and to prevent a poster from disrupting dialog in a way that prevents or impedes the accomplishment of the purpose of our social media sites. Our purpose is to convey important public safety information, increase our ability to quickly, effectively, and efficiently reach Leon County and Big Bend area residents to help us find criminal suspects, find missing and/or endangered persons, communicate public safety alerts, and further our mission of preventing, reducing, suppressing, displacing, solving, and fighting crime in Leon County.