Civil Process Service



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The Sheriff’s Office Civil Process division is responsible for the delivery of all legal process papers. The office serves the Minnesota Courts, private litigators and the general public in this capacity. Deputies can be tasked with serving of common court documents, such as:
  • Subpoenas
  • Summonses
  • Judicial Orders
  • Writs and Levies
  • Protection or Harassment Restraining Orders
  • Complaints, Petitions or Notices
Civil Process Deputies also perform Sheriff Sales of foreclosed mortgages, executions of property (taking possession thereof after a judicial order), mechanics’ liens, and other lien or property sales.


Nothing provided here is a substitute for or intended to be legal advice. Please consult with an attorney for any legal questions. The information included herein is intended to be an aid to answering common procedural questions, not legal advice. Due to the changing nature of the law, the information provided can become outdated. Please refer directly to the statutes for guidance.


Our office requires an instructional sheet or cover letter to accompany all paperwork to be served, and we have provided a ready-made template below for convenience:



All fees must be provided upfront for any service to be attempted. For detailed description of types of services provided, and their associated cost, please see the 2024 Civil Process Fee Schedule.

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office accepts personal checks, money orders and cash in exact change only.


2024 Civil Process Fee Schedule

Service Areas:

When mailing papers for service by the Sheriff’s Office, please send the papers to the corresponding address using the worksheet below. for any cities, townships or unincorporated areas not included on the worksheet, assume service will be provided by the Sheriff’s Office in Duluth, Minnesota.


2018 Civil Process City Guide


In emergency or to file a report, call 911.

Duluth Civil Process

Hibbing Civil Process

Virginia Civil Process

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