Hiring a Process Server FAQ
Suffolk County & Nassau County - Long Island, NY

  • How much does it cost to hire a process server on Long Island?
    Between $60 and $95, depending on the type of document you need served. To compare costs, see our rates and services.
  • Can a photocopy of my original document be served?
    Yes. Serving a copy is standard practice in New York State and around the U.S. The court clerk usually keeps the original signature document and everyone else gets a court-stamped copy or photocopy. Serving an original is rare in the U.S. but often required with international documents.
  • Can a process server serve at night or on Sunday in New York?
    New York State has just a few laws restricting the times and days a process server can serve someone: Never on Sunday and never on a religious holiday (for a religiously observant recipient only). While ringing a recipient’s doorbell on Tuesday at 3:00 am may be legal, it’s still not okay. Many people don’t like it. Including a few plaintiffs, most attorneys, all recipients and more importantly, judges!

    Our process server only attempts service Monday to Saturday, between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm, with very few exceptions.
  • What is the difference between personal, substitute and conspicuous (nail & mail) service?
    Personal Service is required in New York State for family court documents, divorce notices, orders to show cause, surrogate court citations and a few others. This is when the document is delivered directly to the recipient. It is not necessary for the person being served to sign or even agree to accept the papers as long as they know they are being served and the documents are left in the vicinity (this rarely happens but when it does, our process server is quick and polite). Personal service can be performed at any location, except inside a courtroom.

    Substitute Service is allowed in New York for most types of documents, including summons & complaints, subpoenas, notices of petition, notices of termination and others. If the recipient is not available, the papers can be left with a person of “suitable age and discretion” at the recipient’s residence or place of business. This means a person that can be “responsible” and likely to give the papers to the recipient. An additional copy of the documents must also be mailed via first class mail.

    Conspicuous (Nail & Mail) Service is also allowed in New York for most types of documents when substitute service is allowed. If, after 2 attempts the recipient or a suitable person cannot be found, and a place of business has been attempted or cannot be found, the process server is permitted to “affix” or “post” the documents to the recipient’s residence (usually our process server will tape it to the front door and take a photo). The attempts must conform to “due diligence” and be performed on different days at different times of day (morning, afternoon and evening). An additional copy must also be mailed via first class mail.
  • What are the filing fees for courts on Long Island?
    Most index number purchases are $45 at the District Courts and $210 at the Supreme Court. See New York State Court Filing Fees. This complete list includes all district, town and village courts in Suffolk & Nassau counties.
  • How do I calculate a subpoena witness fee?
    The witness fee for state courts in New York is $15 per day plus 23¢ per mile round-trip. The witness fee for federal court is $40 per day plus 53.5¢ per mile round-trip. Save time with these free tools: Witness Fee Calculator for New York and Witness Fee Calculator for Federal Court.

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Island Process Service
1614 5th Ave, Bay Shore, NY 11706
Phone (631) 647-7663  |  Fax (631) 883-6969
Call Monday to Friday, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Email Anytime
service@islandprocess.com