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311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham, WA  98225
(360) 676-6650

Time of Operation:  Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Closed weekends and all government holidays.

Process Service and Fees


In order to effectively assist you, the Civil Division will need to know information about the person(s) to be served such as possible addresses, dates of birth, physical descriptors, phone numbers, service requirements and the deadline for service.  We cannot serve your papers unless you provide us with a physical address.  Please complete the Service Request Intake Information Sheet and forward it along with the paperwork to be served and advanced service fees.  If you have special service requirements, i.e. personal service only or substitute service is allowed in what circumstances, please note them at the bottom of the Service Request Intake Form.

The Civil Division requires payment of service fees in advance and payment must accompany the paperwork at the time it is received for service.  If you are uncertain of the amount to submit, you may contact the Civil Division for a price quote by calling (360) 676-6650.  If you are submitting the paperwork in person, our office will quote you the amount required at that time.  

We will accept payment in the form of cash, personal check or money order made payable to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.  We do not accept “credit” or “debit” cards.

FEE SCHEDULE:  (specifics listed below)

Per RCW 36.18.040 and County Ordinance No. 2003-062

Fee Change Effective January 1, 2011

SERVICE OF CIVIL PROCESS:  Summons & Complaint, Notice & Complaint, Summons & Petition, Notice of Small Claim:
  • Serve ONE (1) Defendant - $30.00
  • Serve TWO (2) or more (same address) - $35.00
  • EACH Return To Court - $15.00
  • Mileage Fee - $.58 per mile w/$12.00 minimum
  • Serve – EACH - $35.00
  • Return to Court - $15.00
  • Mileage - $.58 per mile w/$12.00 minimum


  • Serve Defendant - $60.00
  • Return To Court - $15.00


  • Serve – EACH defendant - $30.00
  • EACH Return To Court - $15.00
  • Mileage - $.58 per mile w/$12.00 minimum
PROTECTION ORDER (Domestic Violence):  No Charge


  • Serve Garnishee -  $30.00
  • Serve Defendant (if required) - $30.00
  • Return To Court - $15.00
  • Mileage - $.58 per mile w/$12.00 minimum


  • Out-of-state papers will automatically be notarized unless we are instructed otherwise.

OTHER:  All other documents & supporting papers for which no fee is provided herein - $30.00

MILEAGE:  $.58 per mile w/$12.00 minimum

  • Two round-trips (from the Sheriff’s Office to the residence/business and back) are automatically included in the computation of the advanced service fees.    If we are able to serve the papers on the first attempt, you will be refunded the mileage for the second trip.  If it takes more than two round-trips to complete the service, you will be billed for the additional mileage



ALL OTHER SERVICE FEES ARE LISTED ON THE INTAKE SHEETS FOR EACH OF THE VARIOUS PROCESSES – Real Property Executions, Personal Property Executions, Writs of Habeas Corpus, Replevins/Order Awarding Possession, Attachments on Real Property, Attachments on Personal Property, and Evictions.