SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2370






                        52nd Legislature

                      1992 Regular Session

Passed by the House March 10, 1992

  Yeas 91   Nays 2




Speaker of the

       House of Representatives


Passed by the Senate March 5, 1992

  Yeas 48   Nays 0



I, Alan Thompson, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2370 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




President of the Senate

                               Chief Clerk



Approved Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below.





Governor of the State of Washington

                        Secretary of State

                       State of Washington



                            SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2370



                             AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE


                     Passed Legislature - 1992 Regular Session


State of Washington              52nd Legislature             1992 Regular Session


By House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Padden, Appelwick, Paris, Ludwig, Vance, Riley, Forner, Broback, D. Sommers, Inslee, Scott, R. Johnson, Franklin, Winsley, Mitchell and Bowman)


Read first time 02/07/92.  Requiring the registration of process servers.

     AN ACT Relating to registration of process servers; adding a new chapter to Title 18 RCW; adding a new section to chapter 36.22 RCW; and creating a new section.




     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.      (1) A person who serves legal process for a fee in the state of Washington shall register as a process server with the auditor of the county in which the process server resides or operates his or her principal place of business.

     (2) The requirement to register under subsection (1) of this section does not apply to any of the following persons:

     (a) A sheriff, deputy sheriff, marshall, constable, or government employee who is acting in the course of employment;

     (b) An attorney or the attorney's employees, who are not serving process on a fee basis;

     (c)  A person who is court appointed to serve the court's process;

     (d) An employee of a person who is registered under this section;

     (e) A person who does not receive a fee or wage for serving process.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  A new section is added to chapter 36.22 RCW to read as follows:

     (1) Each county auditor shall develop a registration process to register process servers required to register under section 1 of this act.

     (2) The county auditor may collect an annual registration fee from the process server not to exceed ten dollars.

     (3) The office of the administrator for the courts shall develop a registration form for the county auditors to use in the registration process for the purpose of identifying and locating the registrant, including the process server's name, birthdate, and social security number, and the process server's business name, business address, and business telephone number.

     (4) The county auditor shall maintain a register of process servers and assign a number to each registrant.  Upon renewal of the registration as required in section 3 of this act, the auditor shall continue to assign the same registration number.  A successor entity composed of one or more registrants shall be permitted to transfer one or more registration numbers to the new entity.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3.      A process server required to register under section 1 of this act must renew the registration within one year of the date of the initial registration or when the registrant changes his or her name, the name of his or her business, business address, or business telephone number, whichever occurs sooner.  If the renewal is required because of a change in the information identifying the process server, the process server must renew the registration within ten days of the date the identifying information changes.  The process server shall pay the registration fee upon renewal.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 4.      (1) A process server required to register under section 1 of this act shall indicate the process server's registration number and the process server's county of registration on any proof of service the process server signs.

     (2)  Employees of a process server required to register under section 1 of this act shall indicate the employer's registration number and the employer's county of registration on any proof of service the registrant's employee signs.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 5.      (1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, any person who is otherwise entitled to collect the costs of service of process shall not be entitled to collect those costs if the person does not use a process server who under this chapter either is required to register or is exempt from the registration requirement.

     (2) The person may collect the costs of the service of process if the process server registers within forty-five days after serving the process.

     (3) This section shall apply to all process served on or after August 1, 1992.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 6.      Sections 1 and 3 through 5 of this act shall constitute a new chapter in Title 18 RCW.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 7.      Nothing in this act modifies Superior Court Civil Rule 4.