Civil Processes Information


Civil Processes in North Carolina are served and returned according to North Carolina General Statute. The service package should include an original process for each respondent/defendant and a copy to be returned to the clerk or of court. For out of state processes, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of an out of state affidavit of service.

The link below will access the judicial forms search engine where civil process forms utilized by the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts are available:


The North Carolina Courts System - Judicial Forms (CLICK HERE)


Civil Process Information

Civil Process Application Requirements: must meet ALL requirements


In a civil action or special proceeding, except for actions brought under Chapter 50B of the General Statutes, the following fees and commissions shall be assessed, collected, and remitted to the county.

For each item of civil process served, including summons, subpoenas, notices, motions, orders, writs and pleadings, the sum of thirty dollars ($30.00). When two or more items of civil process are served simultaneously on one party, only one thirty dollar ($30.00) fee shall be charged.

When an item of civil process is served on two or more persons or organizations, a separate service charge shall be made for each person or organization. The process fee shall be remitted to the county. This subsection shall not apply to service of summons to jurors.

For any out of state civil process submitted for service, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) will supply a MCSO affidavit of service in lieu of completing an out of state affidavit. All out of state process will be attempted/served pursuant to the rules of civil procedure as provided in The North Carolina General Statutes. Therefore, MCSO gathers, reports and completes civil process returns with the information required by North Carolina law and not by the laws of any other state. The cost for process issued outside of North Carolina is fifty dollars ($50.00) per respondent/defendant. The service package should include an original process for each respondent / defendant and copy to be returned to clerk of court of the process for each respondent/defendant. Additionally, a copy of the process to be sent back with the MCSO affidavit and a self-addressed/stamped envelope is required.

For More Information, Contact:

Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office
Civil Process
832 E. 4th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Paper delivery is offered at the downtown location:  832 E. 4th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.  Our mailing address is 700 E. 4th St Charlotte, NC 28202.  Our hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST