Morris County Sheriff’s Office

Civil Process: Process Services

Civil process is carried out by members of the sheriff’s Legal Services Division. In this capacity, they handle a large volume of paperwork in connection with the processing and service of Summons and Complaints, Notices of Motion, Orders to Show Cause, Subpoenas, Writs of Replevin, Writs of Possession and Writs of Execution. For further information, call 973.829.8068.

Mailing Address/Location of the Legal Services Division

All general correspondence and requests for service should be sent to the following address:

Morris County Sheriff’s Office
Legal Services Division
560 West Hanover Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960

If you are delivering papers in person, please be aware that at the present time, performing an address-based location lookup using one of the third party mapping web sites (provided by Google, MapQuest, etc.), will result in an incorrect location being shown for our building. For an accurate rendering of our location (based on latitude/longitude) and to obtain directions, view this interactive Google map.

Instructions and Procedures for Service

Service and mileage fees

Two fees are associated with civil process—the fee for the actual service of papers and a mileage fee.

The service fee varies depending upon the number of defendants served. Mileage fees are calculated per address and for each attempt of service.

Summons & Complaints ($2.00 return of service fee included; mileage additional)
Within New Jersey
First defendant24.00
Second defendant20.00
Other defendant or defendants named16.00
Outside of New Jersey
First defendant27.00
Second defendant20.00
Other defendant or defendants named16.00
Clerk Certificate (if requested)5.00
Writs ($2.00 return of service fee included; mileage additional)


Mileage fees are based on mileage from the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in Morristown to the address of service. A mileage fee for three attempts is required at the time of request for each residential service of all summons & complaints, writs of possession, writs of attachment, writs of replevin and writs of ejectment. A mileage fee for one attempt is required at the time of request for all writs of execution and service to any business address.

Boonton3.84 Mine Hill4.48
Brookside2.24 Montville4.48
Budd Lake7.04 Morris Plains1.28
Butler8.00 Morristown1.00
Califon8.00 Morris Township1.28
Cedar Knolls1.60 Mount Arlington6.40
Chatham2.24 Mount Freedom2.24
Chester4.48 Mount Olive8.00
Convent Station1.60 Mount Tabor2.24
Denville2.56 Mounain Lakes3.84
Dover3.84 Netcong6.40
East Hanover2.88 New Foundland8.00
Flanders5.76 New Vernon2.24
Florham Park1.60 Oak Ridge8.00
Gillette5.44 Parsippany2.24
Gladstone6.40 Passaic Township5.12
Green Village2.24 Pequannock7.04
Greystone Park1.60 Picatinny3.84
Hackettstown8.00 Pine Brook4.48
Hanover2.24 Pompton Plains6.72
Harding Township2.24 Port Murray8.00
Ironia3.20 Pottersville5.76
Jefferson Township8.00 Randolph4.80
Kenvil5.12 Riverdale7.36
Kinnelon8.00 Rockaway2.88
Lake Hiawatha2.24 Rock Valley4.48
Lake Hopatcong8.00 Roxbury Township5.44
Landing6.40 Stanhope6.40
Ledgewood5.44 Stirling5.12
Lincoln Park5.76 Succasunna5.44
Long Hill Township5.12 Towaco5.12
Long Valley5.76 Victory Gardens3.84
Madison1.60 Wharton4.80
Mendham2.24 Whippany1.60
Meyersville5.12 White Meadow Lake3.52
Millington3.84 Washington Township8.00

Service types and paperwork requirements

The following table shows what paperwork should be sent for each type of service being requested. Please note that all services also require a letter stating the name and address of the party/parties to be served.

ServiceWhat to Send…
Summons and Complaint
  • the original summons PLUS two copies
  • one copy of the complaint for each defendant being served
Notice of Motion
  • the original notice PLUS two copies for each defendant being served
Order to Show Cause
  • the original order PLUS two copies for each defendant being served
Order of
  • the original order PLUS two copies
  • the original subpoena PLUS two copies for each defendant being served
Writ of Replevin
  • the original writ PLUS two copies
Writ of Possession
  • the original writ PLUS two copies
Civil Warrant
  • the original Warrant for Arrest
  • a copy of the Order for Arrest
  • a description of the subject and his/her location
  • Civil warrants only: 973.285.6658
Wage Execution
  • the original writ PLUS two copies
  • the employer’s correct address
  • the defendant’s social security number
  • the last known address of the defendant
Bank Levy
  • the original writ PLUS two copies
  • if the defendant is an individual, the defendant’s last known address and social security number
  • if the defendant is a business, account number or identifiers
  • the name and address of the bank where the account is located
Asset Levy
  • the original writ PLUS two copies
  • a specific detailed list of personal real property to be levied upon
  • where the property is located

Service attempts

A sheriff’s officer will make four attempts to execute the document(s), unless otherwise instructed, at which time the item will be returned to the requestor. It should be noted that additional mileage will be charged regardless of the success of the service.

Requests for re-service

To request that a document be re-served, please forward the same documents in the same quantity as specified above to our attention with a cover letter instructing that the papers are for re-service. Your original payment of the service fee will still cover service, however, you will need to submit payment once again for mileage fees. If your cover letter fails to clearly indicate that this is a request for re-service, full fees will apply.

Special note on writs of execution

Certain property is exempt from execution by federal and state law, including but not limited to: clothing, welfare benefits, social security benefits, SSI benefits, veteran’s benefits, unemployment benefits, workers compensation benefits and child support benefits. Additionally, the defendant may apply to the court for a $1,000.00 exemption of personal property in writing.

Clerk Certificate

While no longer required for documents received from Florida, California and New York, this certificate can be provided upon request for an additional fee of $5.00.

To inquire about the status of service, call 973.829.8068.

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