Civil Process

The Civil Process Division of the Traverse County Sheriff’s Office provide a service for individuals, attorneys, and courts to have legal papers served within the Traverse County area.

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.

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 2020 Civil Process Fee Schedule.
The Traverse County Sheriff”s Office  accepts personal checks, money orders and cash in exact change only.
At this time, our office cannot accept credit or debit cards as a payment method.