Rates & Routes
LOCAL COVERAGE AREA (Polk County, Iowa)
What to do:
1. Email your document and directions with party name and service address-
*if your case is issued out of Iowa and service code differs from Iowa Code- you must specify service methods/codes. All cases are served to Iowa Code unless otherwise directed
2. We'll confirm amount for service, pre-payment can be made on our website on payment tab, or we'll invoice you if you have an existing account in good standing.
3. We'll confirm it's on our route once payment has been made
4. First attempts are usually same or next day! When completed- you'll get your invoice/receipt and the affidavit, if it is e-filed in Iowa- we'll e-file the affidavit of service too! If we have any issues reaching the party for service- you'll know within a couple of days.
Routine Service - Attempts typically begin same or next day on our routine route, includes 7 attempts on regular routes over 14 day period if address appears to be current.
Process Serving routes are typically 7am-9pm Monday - Thursday, Friday 7am-4pm, Saturday Mornings and Sunday afternoons and evenings as needed/ available.
Printing Fee is $0.10 /page for files over 30 pages.
Flat Rates are charged per address provided by client:.
$40 for Downtown Des Moines Corporate Service / Registered Agent Service- Completed Same or Next Business Day - usually served 1st attempt
(INCLUDES: CT CORPORATION SYSTEM, CORPORATION SERVICE COMPANY, PRENTICE HALL, NATIONAL REGISTERED AGENTS, ATTORNEYS’ OFFICES). Service made on anyone authorized by business to
accept service (This rate does not include service on named individual only authorized to be served)
$65 for Residential Des Moines, Corporate/ Business Des Moines addresses outside of Downtown, and Suburbs of Des Moines Corporate & Residential addresses-(Residential, Corporate, Named Individual only at Business, or Personal Service only at Place of Employment)- includes service made on an adult occupant of the residence 18 + years old per Iowa Code. (includes Altoona, Ankeny, Johnston, Pleasant Hill, Runnells, Urbandale, Clive, West Des Moines, Waukee)
$15 Affidavit Fee for Each Additional Defendant/Servee/ SAME Case ($30 if Separate Case) to be served at the same address at the same time/place as first servee (sub-service acceptable)
RUSH Service Available in Local Coverage Area, additional $20 if received before Noon, $40 if received after Noon but before 4pm, $60 if received after 4pm. Rush service includes 3 attempts guaranteed over 36 hours, with at least the first attempt same day.
***LANDLORD-TENANT / EVICTION NOTICES are always a priority for us, are subject to rates above if not a rush, if posting/ mailings are required- the cost of mailings is included in our flat rates, up to 3-5 attempts are made within 48 hours of receiving landlord/ tenant notices, and posting and mailings are completed within this time if no answer at door.
***FED SERVICE*** Forcible Entry and Detainer Actions are subject to our flat rates above, provided we receive the FED NO LESS than 10 days prior to the Court Hearing. FEDs received less than 10 days prior to the Court Hearing may be subject to rush fees, rejection, or request for Hearing Amendment. The timeline for service, especially if occupants won't answer door, is very strict and our schedules may not always be able to accommodate your rush work. To ensure the proper amount of time for us to be diligent, please check the "...Plaintiff consents/requests up to 15 days..." box on the Original Notice, then note to the clerk to set out at least 10 days, and more importantly, send to us for service as soon as the Original Notice -FED is approved.
Sit and Wait Service- If the address is good, the servee evasive, and sitting and waiting is requested or required due to the occupants refusing to answer the door, the rate is $85/hr. This is typically done from 6:30am-9am and 3:30pm- 6pm, or as requested by client.
Bad Addresses/ Locate Service- If a bad address is provided by our client the address fee will be charged. If we can locate while on our route, the locate fee will be $50 and may be discounted depending on ease of location. Location fee is separate from service fees for attempts at addresses. If you would prefer to handle your own location search, please let us know in your instructions and we will non-serve rather than locate.
Location/ Skip Trace- Standard location searches may be performed with our Private Investigation search engines, to run our extensive reports there is a $50 per name charge. Results are not guaranteed, however our success rate is over 90%. Results vary by subject, and we have better results when the subject has lived at their new address for 8-12 weeks.
EXTENDED LOCAL COVERAGE AREA
Routines Service- 1-10 day typical turnaround time, includes 5 attempts over 14 day period if address appears to be current.
$95-155 for Dallas, Boone, Madison, Warren and Story Counties
$125- $165 for Guthrie, Adair, Marshall, Jasper and Marion Counties
$135-$175 for outer areas, within 60 mile radius of Des Moines, coverage may not be available based on our work load, please see our Statewide Process Server List for other known options.