Sheriffs in certain counties (currently about seven) will appoint individuals as a special process server. Applicants must be at least 18, be a permanent resident of the state, submit to an examination and execute a $5,000 bond.

[Florida Statutes § 48.021] 


The chief judge of each judicial circuit is empowered to certify process servers to serve process, and currently judges in approximately 30 counties grant such certifications. The requirements for becoming certified are essentially the same as the requirements for being appointed a special process server by the sheriff.

[Florida Statutes § 48.27 – 48.29]