Civil Division Fees for Service - Updated June 15, 2010

Fees for service of process are fixed by Florida Statute 30.231 and are nonrefundable.

All checks must be made payable to "Sheriff of Broward County."

Documents for service not properly issued, or those with incorrect fees or incorrect payee on check, will be returned. A $40 service fee is now required for "alias" or "pluries" process, even if service has been previously attempted by BSO's Civil Division.

If you have questions regarding process service, please contact the Broward Sheriff's Office Civil Division at (954) 831-8787 during regular business hours.

Type of ServiceCost of Service

All Summonses, Subpoenas and Writs (except Executions): Certified or original court-sealed copy of service, and copy with attachments for each party or entity to be served (F.S. 30.231(3))

Out-of-State Non-Enforceable Process: BSO's Civil Division will serve the process per Florida Statutes unless an explicit letter of instructions accompanies each document

For cases filed in Florida:
$40 for each person or entity served

For cases filed outside Florida:
$50 for each person or entity served

Witness Subpoenas: Certified or original court-sealed copy of service, and copy with attachments for each party or entity to be served (F.S. 30.231 (3)), unless otherwise directed by the courts

$40 for each subpoena, plus check to witness for fees and mileage

$50 for each witness subpoena filed outside of Florida

Injunction for Protection (Domestic/Restraining Orders): Requires three (3) original certified injunctions, petition, description sheet, notice of hearing.

No service fee

All Writs (except Executions requiring seizure of property):

$40 service fee and $50 for each levy

Writ of Replevin: Provide complete description of property being seized, serial number or identifying number/trademark, service address where property is located, copy of court order for issuance of writ and copy of bond posted with court. If property is in a locked area, a break order is required

$40 service fee, $50 levy fee and $500 minimum cost deposit if a break order is required. Add an additional $40 service fee for each additional person to be served. Standby Charge: If replevin of property will exceed one hour, a standby charge of $40 per hour per deputy is to be paid in advance (rate assessed in hourly increments). Any overage will be refunded.

Writ of Possession: Landlord/tenant or foreclosure along with documents issued from court, name and telephone number of landlord or authorized agent are required. If a telephone number is out of the county, the deputy sheriff will call collect. The landlord or agent must provide a locksmith and be present when the eviction is finalized

When filing a Writ of Possession with the Broward Sheriff's Office, you can expect your eviction to be completed in approximately 10 working days of the posting. If the deputies are able to complete the eviction sooner they will.

If your eviction is not completed within that time frame please call us and we will research the status of your writ

$90 ($40 service fee, $50 levy). Standby Charge: If a deputy sheriff is requested to stand by for more than 30 minutes, the request must be in writing when the writ is presented for service. Request must be accompanied by a nonrefundable fee of $80 per deputy ($40 per hour, two hour minimum).

Distress Writ: Service only

$40 for each person served

Writ of Attachment (Body): Three (3) original certified writs, two (2) true copies and description sheet including date of birth and social security number

$255 ($40 service fee, $50 levy and $165 incarceration fee [$55 per day, three day minimum]) which is refundable if the defendant is not incarerated.

Writ of Attachment (Property): Provide copy of bond posted with court, copy of court order for issuance of writ and levy instructions listing property being attached (attachment is not a break order; if contents are at a location that is locked, a break order is required)

Call for fees and cost deposit

Writ of Attachment (Real Estate): Must be accompanied by levy instructions showing legal description and street address

$100 ($40 service fee, $50 levy, $10 recording fee) and $40 service fee for each additional person to be served

Levy Fees

Type of LevyCost of Service

Real Estate: Legal description and street address are required on levy instructions

$600 cost deposit plus $50 levy fee and $40 service fee

Vehicles: Provide description of vehicle, tag number, vehicle ID number and address where vehicle can be found during normal working hours

$1000 cost deposit plus $50 levy fee and $40 service fee. Call BSO Civil Unit / Enforceable Writs for storage requirements

Assets of Business: Must provide specific inventory of business assets

Call BSO Civil Unit/Enforceable Writs for fees and cost deposit. ($3,500 cost deposit, plus $50 Levy fee and $40 service fee). Deposits may vary depending on size of business.

Personal Assets: Can levy if person is single. If married, the judgment must be against both husband and wife. Provide specific inventory of household furnishings

Call BSO Civil Unit/Enforceable Writs for fees and cost deposit. ($3,500 cost deposit, plus $50 Levy fee and $40 service fee). Deposits may vary depending on size of home.

Jewelry or Stock Certificates: Defendant must voluntarily turn over inventory

$500 cost deposit plus $50 levy fee and $40 service fee

Boats: Provide location of boat, description and size, name of boat, Florida and decal number or documentation number and port of documentation. Also advise whether boat is in or out of water

Call BSO Civil Unit/Enforceable Writs for fees, cost deposit and storage requirements. ($1,500 cost deposit, plus $50 Levy fee and $40 service fee).

Airplanes: Provide description of airplane, location and aircraft registration number

Call BSO Civil Unit/Enforceable Writs for fees, cost deposit and storage requirements. ($1,500 cost deposit, plus $50 Levy fee and $40 service fee).

BREAK ORDER REQUIREMENTS - must be certified and contain address of premises to break. An additional $500.00 deposit for writ of replevin.

Executions:

When sending in levy instructions, the following additional information is required to mail out sales notices after levy: name and address of attorney of record for defendant and current or last known address of defendant or other parties who should be notified of sale. When estimating cost deposits, a standby charge of $40 per hour per deputy (rate assessed in hourly increments) will be included in the estimate to cover the deputy's time at the location after the first hour. These cost deposits are an estimate of anticipated charges; if actual charges exceed the estimate, additional funds must be paid immediately upon request.

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