Civil Process

Civil Process processes and serves Summonses, Subpoenas, Temporary Injunctions, Baker Acts, Marchman Acts, Notices, Tax Deeds, Evictions and Levies for Manatee County. Our phone number is 941-747-3011 ext 2242 or 2256.

The Civil Process Office is located in the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Operations Center at :

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, Civil Process
600 US Hwy 301 Blvd W. Ste 202
Bradenton, Florida 34205

Office hours are: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Original instructions for Levy containing the following:

  1. Court issuance.
  2. Case number.
  3. Caption of case (plaintiff vs defendant).
  4. Date instructions prepared.
  5. Must be addressed to the Sheriff of Manatee County.
  6. Debtor’s name and last known address.
  7. Attorney of record for debtor, address and phone number (if none it needs to state so).
  8. Specifically described personal property and location of property subject to levy even if it’s the same as the debtor’s address (for real property you must include the legal description and physical address of the property).
  9. Balance due and owing on the Writ of Execution (including interest through date of instructions).
  10. Signature, address, phone number of plaintiff, his/her agent or attorney.
  11. Specific paragraph addressing stating that the plaintiff or requesting party shall be responsible for any and all costs of the levy and sale, including the costs which may be involved should bankruptcy be filed. The plaintiff or requesting party shall be responsible for any wrongful levy and the Sheriff will be held blameless for any damages whatsoever when following these instructions.

Original Writ of Execution

Judgment Lien Certificate

Proof of ownership acquired within 30 days of our receipt of the levy

Original affidavit pursuant to FSS 56.27(4) (a)(b)(c) (Personal Property)
Affidavit for Personal Property Example - Click Here

Real Property-Need affidavit of creditor or creditor’s attorney reflecting any and all liens recorded against the property. FSS 55-201-55.209.
Affidavit for Real Property Example - Click Here

Directed court order if it applies (certified copy) C

Cost Deposit as follows:

  • Vehicle $2500.00
  • Each additional vehicle $1500
  • Real Property $1000
  • Anything that is Court Ordered to levy and leave $1000
  • Stocks $1000

All other property to be levied on will require a specific list to our office so that a cost deposit may be estimated.



Pursuant to recently passed Senate Bill 412, effective July 1, 2009, the fees for civil process under FSS 30.231 will be as follows:

  • $40.00 - per person / per case number.
  • $40.00- Process requiring service only (including but not limited to, summons, subpoena, notice of hearing, motion, etc)
  • $90.00 - Writs of Replevin
  • $90.00 - Writs of Possession
  • $90.00 - Writs of Attachment
  • $90.00 - Writs of Bodily Attachment

Alias and Pluries of these types of papers will no longer be ‘no charge’. They will be charged according to the above.

The service of process issued by a court of a state other than Florida will be made in accordance with Florida statutes, rules, and procedures.

ADDITIONAL Out Of State Fees (if required):

  • $10.00 - Personal Service (when you must have the person named served and only that person; when substitute service is not acceptable – our substitute service is anyone at the same place of abode who is 15 years of age or older and does NOT include mailing a copy to them also).
  • $2.00 - Affidavit (if you require an affidavit other than our return of service).
  • $2.00 - Notary (if you require the above affidavit to be notarized).
  • $5.00 - Description (description of the person served).

Payment may be tendered in the form of cashier’s check, money order, or business check. If you send a business check, you must also include a copy of the drivers license of the person that signed the check.

We require an original or certified copy, PLUS a copy for service with any attachments that may be required. Please also make sure that the address for service is complete and is in Manatee County.

You may mail it to us at:

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office
Attn: Civil Process
600 US Hwy 301 Blvd W. Ste 202
Bradenton, Florida 34205

If you have questions, please call Civil Process at (941) 747-3011 x 2242 or 2256

We are electronically filing the original paper and return of service to the Manatee County Clerk of Court. This applies to all cases filed in Manatee County. Copies of paperwork filed through Manatee County can be obtained by accessing the Manatee County Clerk of Court website at We will continue to mail back original papers and returns of service for out of county and out of state cases.

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