Frequently Asked Questions
Rules and Regulations Regarding Process Service Legal Regulations in North Carolina
Does a process server have to be licensed in North Carolina?
No, the state of North Carolina does not require an individual to be licensed in order to provide service of process.
What are the requirements for process serving in North Carolina?
Upon the filing of the complaint, summons shall be issued forthwith and in any event within five days. The complaint and summons shall be delivered to some proper person for service. In this State, such proper person shall be the sheriff of the county where service is to be made or some other person duly authorized by law to serve summons. Outside this State, such proper person shall be anyone who is not a party and is not less than 21 years of age or anyone duly authorized to serve summons by the law of the place where service is to be made.
What are the Civil Procedure rules in North Carolina?
Please note that lobbyists are active in the state of North-Carolina and laws concerning civil procedure and process serving can change. Therefore the information listed below may have been amended. For updated process serving legislation, please visit the NC Courts web site for more information.
What is Rule 4?
Rule 4 in North Carolina describes the regulations around the Process a Process Serving company has to follow in order to serve papers. There are various regulations around who can serve, the contents of the papers being served and more. For the full text please visit the NC General Assembly website.
What is Rule 45?
Rule 45 in North Carolina jurisdictions describes the rules and regulations around Subpoenas and how process servers need to handle them. Legal text on issuance, protection of persons subject to subpoenas punishments for failure to obey and more is covered here on the NC General Assembly website.
What is Rule 5?
Rule 5 in North Carolina explains the law as it relates to the general service rules and filings of pleadings or other papers. You can read the full text on the NC General Assembly link here.
For all other questions related to Process Service in Charlotte or the rest of North Carolina, please utilize the resources below:
Mecklenburg County/Charlotte Court System
North Carolina General Assembly
North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State
North Carolina Courts System