Civil Process is tasked
with executing warrants, evictions,
repossessions, levies, and sheriff sales. As
a public service, the Sheriff's Office
provides online lookups for the general
public to view an existing paper's service
status. To perform a lookup, you must have
both the case number and the last name of a
plaintiff, deponent, or defendant.
Additionally, once you have retrieved a
paper in the system, you may subscribe to
notification of service by providing your
email address. You will receive real-time
notification when the paper is served.
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Responsible for the serving of
court papers issued from all Virginia State courts
and those processes issued from other states, being
served in the City of Virginia Beach. To deliver
processes in a timely, efficient manner, the city is
divided into 13 zones. One deputy is assigned to
each zone, however, two clustered zones are
partnered together to aid in continuous service when
deputies are on leave. There are 13 deputies,
one Captain, one Sergeant, one
Master Deputy II, and 8 clerks assigned to Civil
Process. To check on how a process was served: send
or Captain A. Culanding firstname.lastname@example.org. When requesting status of service, please provide
the following: Plaintiff name, Defendant name,
defendant address, date issued from the court and
which court issued it.
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday (7am to 5pm)
Phone Number: (757)
385-6336 (after hours-voice mail- messages
answered the following business day)
Sheriff/High Constable of Virginia
Civil Process Division
2501 James Madison Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Phone Number: 757-385-6336
Sheriff/High Constable of Virginia Beach
P. O. Box 6098
Civil Process Division
Va. Beach, VA 23456
Info on Sheriff sales:
of sheriff sales are posted in the lobby of Civil Process,
in the lobby of General District Court, at the Farmers
Market office, and at the location of sale. Sheriff sales
are also advertised on VBTV Channel 48 and on our Web site.
Who may Bid: Anyone may
bid at sheriff's sales, except employees and relatives of
employees of any constitutional officer in the Commonwealth
Bidding procedures: The
terms of sale vary from sale to sale. Therefore, it is
important the bidder listens carefully when the terms of
sale are announced. The following are consistent terms:
Everything is sold as is; No
Everything is sold subject to any
Everything is sold to the highest
bidder for cash.
The property must be removed
immediately at the conclusion of the sale.
Therefore, if moving arrangements need to
be made, the bidder should give this some thought before
Any person who bids on property but fails
to pay at the conclusion of the sale is liable for any
difference if the property resells for a lower amount at
All bids must be reasonable and the
deputy reserves the right to refuse a bid which is
Note: There are many
reasons a sale could be canceled. Therefore, bidders should
call our office at 757-385-6336 the morning of any scheduled
sale to inquire if it has been canceled.
Fees for Service of Process:
Fees for service are generally governed
by 17.1-272 of the Virginia State code, which are:
A. The fees for process and
service in the following instances shall be twelve dollars:
For service on any person, firm or
corporation, a order, notice, summons or any other civil
process, except as herein otherwise provided, and for
serving on any person, firm, or corporation any process
when the body is not taken and making a return thereof,
except that no fees shall be charged for service
pursuant to 9-6.14:13 of the Virginia State code.
(Administrative agencies. Subpoenas, depositions and
requests for admissions. The agency or its designated
subordinates shall have power to, and on request for any
party to a case shall, issue subpoenas requiring
testimony or the production of books, papers, and
physical or other evidence.)
Summonsing a witness or garnishee on
Service on any person an attachment
or other process under which the body is taken and
making a return thereon.
Service of any order of court not
otherwise provided for, except that no fees shall be
charged for protective orders issued pursuant to
16.1-226 of the Virginia State code.
Making a return of a writ of fieri
facias when no levy was made or forthcoming bond taken.
Summoning a witness in any case in
which custody or visitation of a minor child or children
is at issue.
B. The fees for process and
service in the following instances shall be $25.00
Service and publication of any
notice of a publicly-advertised public sale.
Service of a writ of possession,
except that there shall be an additional fee
of $12.00 for each additional defendant.
Levying upon current money, bank
notes, goods or chattels of a judgment debtor
pursuant to 8.01-478 of the Virginia State code.
Service of a declaration in
ejectment of any person, firm or corporation, except
that there shall be an additional fee of
$12.00 for each additional defendant.
Levying distress warrant or an
Levying an execution.
C. The process and service fee
for serving any papers returnable out of state, seventy five
Pursuant to Va. Code §17.1-272 as
amended...Sheriff and High Constable fees for processes
returnable to states outside the Commonwealth of Virginia
are to paid in advance, and are as follows:
$75.00 per entity--corporation,
$75.00 per address where service is
to be attempted.
$75.00 per document served
$75.00 per case number assigned
Two persons at one address, $150.00
One person at two different addresses
$5.00 Notary fee effective July 1,
2005 Virginia Code § 47.1-19
Service will be 'IN HAND' ONLY,
unless substitute service is authorized by you.
Our Tax ID number is 540722061
**Please note that the Virginia Code makes no distinction
for the type of process served, nor the respective courts to
which they are returnable when they are returnable to states
outside our Commonwealth. “For serving any paper returnable
out of state, seventy five dollars.”
The fees shall be allowable for services provided
by such officer in the circuit and district courts.
(17.1-272 of the Virginia State code)
Out of State Services (those coming from another
state which are being served in Virginia Beach):
To reduce postage costs, it is not necessary that we have
a full set of the process for our office copy. We make a
copy of the first process for our records. When mailing your
papers for service, please include a cover letter indicating
to where the affidavit of service should be returned. If you
would like your affidavit of service completed, please
indicate so. Otherwise, we will use our affidavit of
service. If you have special instructions on service, or
information detrimental to obtaining service, please spell
that out in your letter. Of course, if you feel the
individual may avoid service, a photograph is helpful but
not mandatory. The fee for out of state services is $75.00
per person, per address, effective July 1, 2004.
Updated: Jan 4, 2013
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