Serving court papers on the defendant costs money.
- The court charges $5 for the summons they give you.
- A sheriff or constable charges $35-$40.
- If you need to serve by publication, the newspaper will charge you to publish the summons. Newspapers in the United States charge up to $100. Newspapers outside the US charge up to $200.
If you cannot afford these costs, file an Affidavit of Indigency.
If the court approves your Affidavit of Indigency, you will not have to pay to serve the defendant.