Except for specific exemptions the Board of Private Security requires a Montana Process Server bond from each individual who makes more than ten services of process, as defined in 25-3-101 of the Montana Statutes within the state during one calendar year. Previously process servers were obligated to register with their local clerk of court. State law obligates all legacy registrants to convert to the Board's registration system and provide evidence of bonding.
As per Montana Code 25-1-1111. "for registration, a process server must file proof of a surety bond of $10,000 for an individual or $100,000 for a firm, conditioned upon compliance with the regulatory requirements, all laws governing service of process in this state, and the requirements of Title 37, chapter 60. A clerk of court holding a surety bond for a process server under the same section must transfer the original bond and any supporting documentation to the board on July 1, 2007. A process server also operating as a levying officer may not levy on a judgment that exceeds the value of the bond." Registration may be accomplished by logging on to the Department of Labor & Industry website here. Supporting documentation can also be delivered to the Board as follows:
BOARD OF PRIVATE SECURITY
301 South Park Ave, 4th Floor
PO Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620
Montana process servers should be conversant in the rules of practice specific to their regulated activity. Definitions of proper service of process as well as district and justice court rules are provided by the Board in a helpful study guide. The guide provides all of the material needed to successfully pass the examination for registration. You may download the guide here.
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