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Public hours of operation

Office/Telephone: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm           Monday - Friday,                                               excluding holidays and closures                                  


Contact Information

(559)583-1179 (fax)                       

Kings County Sheriff's Office                                                                                                                                                  Civil Division                                                                                                                                                                            1444 W. Lacey Blvd.                                                                                                                                                                  PO Box 986                                                                                                                                                                                 Hanford, CA 93232-0986


It is the goal of the Civil Division to serve all received process in a reasonable and timely manner while maintaining an impartial stance between all parties involved or having an interest in a case.


Civil Process

The Civil Division provides a cost effective and credible service. Because the case is civil in nature, none of the Sheriff's personnel can utilize criminal investigative tactics such as stakeouts or computer inquiries (DMV, arrest records, etc.) to obtain information for the civil process. You may wish to speak to Legal Counsel, Private Investigator or Registered Process Server.

The law requires that any civil process brought to the Sheriff for service must be valid on its face, issued by a competent authority, and accompanied by adequate legal instructions. For each service or levy, the Civil Division requires an original letter of instruction signed by a party to the action or the Attorney for the party to the action. The Letter of Instructions must be addressed to the Kings County Sheriff and the letter must include:

  • The physical address of where service is to be made
  • The first and last name of the person(s) or business to be served
  • A list of the documents to be served
  • The signature of the Plaintiff/Defendant or his/her attorney who is requesting the service

The Civil Division cannot accept Letter of Instructions via facsimile (fax) or e-mail. You must also include the appropriate amount of copies of each set of documents to be served and fees for each service or a certified court-ordered fee waiver. For your convenience we have included a Letter of Instructions you may complete and submit.

Questions on when something will be served are difficult to answer. It depends mostly on whether or not the recipient of the process will be home or in their place of business per the litigant's instructions. If the recipient is evasive or keeps unusual hours, the Sheriff does not have the resources to effect "around-the-clock" service. In such cases, the litigant may find it advantageous to enlist the services of a Registered Process Server or a Private Investigator.

Your request for service will be processed on a first come first serve basis. Your documents must be received in our office no less than 10 days prior to the last day for service. If given adequate time for processing and service the Civil Division will make various attempts to serve the process, at various times during normal business hours. Whether or not the person is served, the Civil Division will mail the requester two proofs of service or due diligence. One of the proofs of service is to be kept by the requester. It is the responsibility of the Requester of the service to make sure the appropriate Court in the matter receives the other proof of service.

 Notary:  If the original proof of service is to be Notarized please include an additional $15.00. (PER Gov. Code 8211)

Electronic Writ:  If submitting Electronic Writ with request a Declaration must also be included per CCP 687.010.  For your convenience you may complete the Kings County Sheriff's Office Civil Division's 'Electronic Writ Declaration'

Prison Service

The three California Department of Corrections prisons in Kings County generally do not permit personal service of process on either inmates or employees.  The litigant wishing service be made at the state prisons must provide one complete set of documents to be served, and instructions must identify the defendant as either an employee or inmate. Process for inmates must include the inmate's first and last name, CDC identification number or date of birth. Process for prison employees should include first and last name.

Corcoran State Prison Litigation Assistant - (559) 992-6139
CSATF/State Prison Corcoran Litigation Assistant - (559) 992-7168
Avenal State Prison Warden's Office - (559) 386-0587, ext. 5025

Kings County Jail

The Civil Division is allowed to personally serve an inmate in the Kings County Jail. Though not necessary we ask that you also include a home address for the inmate. If the inmate is to be released prior to a service attempt at the Jail, the Civil Deputy would attempt service at the home address if provided.

Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore

The Civil Division is allowed to personally serve military personnel and civilians that are stationed or that live at NAS Lemoore. Whether the person is military or civilian the Civil Division is required to inform the United States Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG) Office of the service. After receiving authorization the Civil Division is then permitted on the base. This procedure will add a few more days to the service.

The Civil Division is prohibited from providing legal advice.

  • Kings County Small Claims Advisor (559)582-3211, ext. 4430
  • Visalia Legal Aid – (559)733-8770


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