California Process Servers
A summons may be served by any person who
is at least 18 years of age and not a party to the action.
BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE
(a) Any natural person who makes more
than 10 services of process within this state during one
calendar year, for specific compensation or in expectation
of specific compensation, where such compensation is directly
attributable to the service of process, shall file and maintain a
verified certificate of registration as a process server with the
county clerk of the county in which he or she resides or has his
or her principal place of business. Any corporation or partnership
that derives or expects to derive compensation from service of process
within this state shall also file and maintain a verified certificate of
registration as a process server with the county clerk of the county
in which the corporation or partnership has its principal place of business.
(b) This chapter shall not apply to any of the following:
(1) Any sheriff, marshal, or government employee who is acting within
the course and scope of his or her employment.
(2) An attorney or his or her employees.
(3) Any person who is specially appointed by a court to serve its process.
(4) A licensed private investigator or his or her employees.
(5) A professional photocopier registered under Section 22450, or an
employee thereof, whose only service of process relates to subpoenas for
the production of records, which subpoenas specify that the records be
copied by that registered professional photocopier