Florida Association of Professional Process Servers

 

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FAQs – Membership

What is the dues renewal cycle?
What happens to my application when I mail it in?
How do I know when my membership has been approved?
May I have more than one listing in the directory and on the web?


What is the dues renewal cycle?
Membership runs from January to December each year. Dues renewal notices are mailed Nov. 1 for the upcoming year and are due December 1st. Dues must be postmarked by December 31. If dues are not paid by December 31, there is a grace period in January that you can pay your dues with a $25 late fee. If your renewal is not received by January 31, membership is revoked.
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What happens to my application when I mail it in?
All applicants for membership are posted on our web site as pending applicants the first day of the month following receipt of their completed application with the appropriate fee. For example: if you mail in your application June 5th you will be posted as a pending applicant for the month of July.
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How do I know when my membership has been approved?
If there have been no objections filed by a current member, you will automatically become an active member the first day of the month after being listed as a new applicant. Should a member file an objection, you will be notified by the secretary and have an opportunity to respond.
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May I have more than one listing in the directory and on the web?
Yes, you may have as many additional listings (counties) as you would like. Each currently cost $20.00 in addition to your membership fee each year and will be the same contact information as your original listing.

If you have multiple offices and you want your membership information for each address listed, you will need to submit a membership application and the appropriate fee (including any additional listings) for each location.
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Publication / Advertising FAQ's

What are the publication deadlines for advertising and articles for newsletter?


What are the publication deadlines for advertising and articles for newsletter?
The FAPPS Newsletter “The Paper Chase” is published quarterly. Click Here to see the specific deadline dates but in general deadlines are as follows: First Quarter – December 15th (prior year); Second Quarter – April 15th; Third Quarter – June 15th; 4th Quarter – September 15th.

The FAPPS annual directory is printed and distributed to all members in the month of June. Deadline for advertising also appears on the advertising form (ADD LINK) and is currently April 15th each year.

FAPPS Banner Ads – the term is January to December. Full details are listed on the advertising page. Invoices are emailed to existing banner advertisers December 1. If advertisement has not been paid by January 5th, the advertisement will be removed.

FAPPS Mailing Labels – Mailing labels for each FAPPS member are available. Current pricing is listed on the advertising form.
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Misc. FAQ's

How do I become a process server in Florida?


How do I become a process server in Florida?
In the state of Florida there are several different ways to obtain licensure. Each county (67 total) has its own requirements, with some counties offering no licensure at all. There is currently no statewide license. Licensure breaks down into two categories:

1. Court Certified Process Server - There are 40 counties in the state where the judicial district licenses process servers. Each has their own requirements as to bonding and/or insurance. If you are interested in a county where it is court certified you would need to contact the Court Administrator's office for information.

2. Sheriff Appointed - There are 9 counties in the state where the Sheriff of that county appoints process servers. You would need to contact the sheriff in that particular county for information. (There are also 4 counties that are both certified and sheriff).

Motion & Order - There are 14 counties where there is no process server program. In these counties you have to have the judge (in each case you serve) appoint you to serve the paper.

If you obtain a license in one jurisdiction (court certified) or county (sheriff appointed), you are not permitted to use that license to serve in any other area. You must be properly licensed in each area that you serve.

On our website - www.fapps.org - one of the header columns is titled Florida - The first pull down is FL Circuits by county. This shows the licensure program for that county, if one exists.
Contact FAPPS for further information. administrator@fapps.org or (321) 952-0820.
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