Civil Paper Service

Civil Hours for Accepting Papers

Our Civil service window is open 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday and is located in the lobby of the Law Enforcement Facility, 911 E Sawmill Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001.

Types of Documents Served by Sheriff's Office

The Sheriff's Office is charged with serving legal documents originating from the superior courts, attorneys and private individuals. We also assist citizens and attorneys in both pre-judgment and post-judgment remedies by executing on writs of execution, writs of restitution, writs of replevin, writs of garnishment, writs of attachment, etc.  

The Constable is charged with serving legal documents originating from justice court precincts.

If you would like to review Arizona Revised Statutes please visit their website

General Instructions for Requesting Sheriff's Office Service of a Civil Document

All services will require a 
Service Information Sheet or cover letter giving detailed and specific information to be used to locate and serve the designated person. Successful and expeditious services are our goal and we, therefore, rely heavily on the information that you provide to us. Originator's information also must be completed accurately so that we may notify you of the results of our service attempts. Please read our

* Please note that criminal subpoenas to be served must be the original document

If you wish to have papers served, bring all papers you received at court to the Sheriff’s Office (911 E Sawmill Dr., Flagstaff, AZ 86001) customer service lobby window.  You will receive notification by phone of whether or not your papers were successfully served. If you receive notice that the defendant was not served, contact the issuing court concerning your options.

Note: we may not be able to serve papers at certain locations, such as, reservations, (medical/rehab/mental health centers, or other locations that prohibit service of their employees).


A deposit is required for the service of all civil processes. Unless you provide a waiver (Waiver – means that the Arizona Superior Court is waiving all service fees and charges, and, therefore, no payment will be required) or deferral (Deferral– means you will be billed later for any applicable fees and charges) from a Arizona Superior Court, there will be charges for serving your papers. If fees are to be waived or deferred, a valid copy of the court order waiving or deferring fees must accompany the papers you submit for service. Out of state and municipal court waivers or deferrals will not be accepted. You may contact a local Arizona Superior Court for assistance in obtaining a waiver or deferral order.

Required Deposit:

The required deposit for standard service of papers is $80.00 per person being served.  Writs require a $300.00 deposit (exception – Writs of Garnishment $80).

Deposits are accepted by money order, cashier’s check, or cash (in-person only).

Civil Fees are set by Arizona Revised Statute 11-445 and not the Sheriff’s Office.  Civil service has multiple fees including but not limited to Serving Each Copy $16.00, Preparation $8.00, $2.40 for each mile one way not to exceed two hundred miles for attempts of service, etc.

After deduction of fees, any excess deposit will be refunded to you. If the fees exceed the amount of the deposit the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office will bill you for the remainder due. Invoices are due upon receipt and documents will not be returned until balance is paid in full.

Additional charges may apply concerning multiple services.

If you would like further assistance, please contact the Administrative Team at 928-226-5012.