Civil Process Services

The Lake County Sheriff's Office Civil Process Division acts as the administrative arm of the court fulfilling the Sheriff’s statutory responsibilities to serve all civil papers, documents and orders directed to the Sheriff. Deputies within the division are tasked with serving Writs, Summonses, Subpoenas, Civil Warrants, and various Court Orders. Deputies assigned to this division are responsible for executing Writs of Replevin (repossession), Orders of Judgment and Levies on goods and real estate. This division also performs Court-Ordered Evictions, conducts Sheriff’s Sales and issues Tax Deed Notices. The Civil Process Division processes, serves or enforces over 10,000 civil papers, documents and orders annually.

Please note: The fee changes recommended by Lake County Finance and Administration Services were approved by the Lake County Board on November 14, 2017 and are effective December 1, 2017. The majority of changed fees were static since 2008.

Legal Disclaimer

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office does not provide legal advice. The Sheriff’s Office may provide information about its policies and procedures for Service of Process. This should not be considered legal advice. If you have questions related to legal issues, contact an attorney or visit the 19th Judicial Circuit’s Center for Self-Representation in the William D. Block Memorial Library located in Lake County Government Building, 18 North County Street in Waukegan.

General Information

  • The Lake County Sheriff’s Office only accepts cash or checks. Please be advised the Lake County Sheriff's Office cannot accept a single check for multiple cases. Each case requires a separate check payment.
  •  Know your case number when calling to check the status of service.
  • Prior to mailing or delivering court orders, documents or papers to the Sheriff’s Office, please verify the address to be served is in Lake County by utilizing the Lake County Assessor’s Office Assessment by Address locator.
  • The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is unable to serve outside of Lake County.
  • The Lake County Sheriff’s Office does not mail papers to other counties for service with the exception of Orders of Protection and Body Attachments.
  • If the address to be served is outside Lake County, please contact the Sheriff of the county the address is located in for service requirements.
  • Please mail all proper documentation to:
    Lake County Sheriff
    Attention: Civil Process
    25 S Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue
    Waukegan, IL 60085
  • A minimum of 2 weeks is required for service. Please be aware of your court date when you leave the Lake County Circuit Clerk’s Office.
  • The only parties authorized to serve papers in Lake County are the Sheriff’s Office or a licensed process server. The Sheriff’s Office does not provide referrals of private process servers.
  • All affidavits of service for papers filed through Lake County will be returned to the Lake County Circuit Clerk's Office to be filed. Please contact the Lake County Circuit Clerk's Office to obtain copies.
  • For further information please contact the Civil Process Division at 847-377-4400.