Civil Process

LCSO Civil Process personnel will never demand money from defendants via telephone.  The main function performed by the Civil Process Unit is to serve civil papers.  Judgments are ordered by Larimer County Courts and paid to the courts, not the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.  If LCSO is ordered by the courts to seize money/property, deputies will do so in person.

The mission of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office Civil Division is to provide quality customer service in the processing and execution of civil process.  The duties of the Civil Division vary and include, but are not limited to:

  •  Service of civil process
  •  Sale of real and personal property under court order
  •  Execution of court ordered evictions
  •  Court ordered stand-by to keep the peace

Information regarding whom is to be served and where they may be served will be provided by the person requesting service.  Any additional information provided such as date of birth, place of employment, best time serve, vehicle and physical description, or picture is helpful.  This information should be provided on a Larimer County Information Sheet.

The Larimer County Sheriff's Office Civil Division is located in the Administration Building at:


Larimer County Sheriff's Office
Attn: Civil Process Unit
2501 Midpoint Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80525

Phone number is 498-5155
Fax number is 482-8745
Email is:

The Civil Process Unit is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Closed Weekends and all U.S. Legal Holidays

Staff members of the Sheriff's Office are prohibited from giving legal advice.

Colorado state law requires that the Sheriff of each Colorado County serve the civil process of the Courts within their jurisdiction. They are also required to accept and serve civil process from all other Colorado counties, each of the states of the union, and the federal government. Civil process includes all types of papers resulting from civil litigation, including summons and complaints, subpoenas, court orders, writs of execution, writs of garnishment, and writs of restitution (commonly known as eviction orders).

Fees for service (which are set by statute) must be paid in advance. If you are due a refund, a check will be mailed to you. If you owe additional fees, you will be billed for the difference. All fees for mileage are based upon a zip code system and are charged on a round trip, per mile basis. The Sheriff's Office requires that two (2) copies of all papers that are to be served be provided.

The service of civil process is based upon the information provided. Complete and accurate information (addresses, descriptions, place of employment, work hours, etc) will assist us in ensuring successful service. A Return of Service documenting the successful service of the paper will be mailed to you or can be picked up at the Sheriff’s Office in person.

Please contact the Civil Section at 970-498-5155 if you require further information on the service of civil process or our fee schedule.

Civil Process Information

Items required for service:

  • A completed Civil Process Information Form (click the link to access this form)
  • Two copies of the papers you would like served.
  • Pre-payment of fees.  Payment can be made by check or money order made payable to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.  Refer to the Fees Schedule page.

The Larimer County Sheriff's Office will provide:

A Return of Service.  This will notify you if the service was successful and will serve as a proof of service for the courts.

The Return of Service will tell you the name of the person served, the date and time of service, and the address where service was made.

If the service was unsuccessful, the Return of Service will provide an explanation such as moved, no such address, or address not in Larimer County.

If service was unsuccessful you may be due a partial refund.  You will receive your refund four to six weeks after receiving your Return of Service.

Send Paper For Service, Payment, and the Civil Process Information Form to the mailing address listed above.

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