Texas - General

Personal Service Only

In Texas, documents must generally be served directly to the named defendant. Substitute service to a co-resident and posting service is only allowed with a direct order from a judge after confirming residency and a diligent round of attempts has been made. This is known as Alternative Service, or service under rule 106/501

If a defendant confirms their identity, but refuses to be served, we cannot serve them. We will instead submit a Motion for Alternate Service with the court.

See more: Texas Alternative Service: Motion for 106/501

No Sunday Service or Attempts

In Texas you are not allowed to serve, attempt service, or contact a party listed for service on a Sunday.

Original Documents

Certain counties (Bell, Brazoria, and Tarrant) require service of original documents. Originals must be handled and attempted with great care, as losing or serving them to the wrong person can result in penalties from the court. These documents must be returned to ABC in the event that service cannot be completed. These documents will be mailed to you, unless you are a Tarrant County Process Server, in which case orders are picked up at our Dallas office.

Yellow Cards

Many of your cover sheets will read, “**Deliver Yellow Card separate from the documents at the time of service.” These orders originate from one of our major clients, Scott and Associates. One of their Yellow Cards must be included with their orders.

Save the image below and print it on a yellow sheet of paper, then deliver just one of these cards with every order with the instruction: "Deliver Yellow Card".

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