Commonly Asked Questions

Who can serve court papers in Rhode Island?

In Rhode Island, sheriffs and constables can serve court papers.

Who should I use as an RI process server?

There are several reasons people choose to use a constable to serve court papers. First and foremost, you’re hiring someone who will work for you directly. Constables typically work whatever hours are needed to get the job done, including early mornings, late evenings, and even on the weekends. You get to communicate directly with the constable, so you’ll be kept up-to-date on the process. As a bonus, you’re supporting a small business when you work with a constable in Rhode Island.

The other option is to go through the sheriff’s department, which generally works normal business hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. When you work with the sheriff’s department, you don’t get to communicate with the person assigned to service your papers.

How do I find a licensed constable in Rhode Island?

The Department of Business Regulation, also known as the DBR, keeps a record of all active licensed and bonded constables in Rhode Island.

How do I verify if a constable has an active license?

Again, you’ll want to go to the DBR website to verify a constable’s license.

How can I get my papers to you?

There are several ways you can deliver papers to Served Right Ltd. The most efficient way is to scan and email the documents to Many states, including Rhode Island, now use electronic files, so this is generally the fastest and most efficient method. If it’s a large file, however, you may have to deliver the papers by one of the other methods outlined below.

You may also fax the documents. Please contact us for our fax number.

If the service is not urgent, you can mail documents to the following address:

Served Right Ltd.
P.O. Box 284
East Greenwich, RI 02818

If you require expedited service, you can send papers via overnight delivery, which is offered by FedEx, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service. If you chose this method, please contact us for the proper mailing address.

How long does it take to serve someone?

For routine orders, we will typically process your order and have it attempted within two business days. If you require emergency or expedited serve, including same-day service, please let us know.  This can be done for an additional fee.

We do our best to execute a quick serve on all orders, but because of the variables involved, some cases do take longer.

What factors can delay service of process?

Issues such as a wrong address, unusual work schedules or a person avoiding the constable can delay the time it takes to serve papers. If you can provide more details about the subject, we can typically make the delivery faster.

At Served Right Ltd., we understand that you need documents served, and it’s our goal to make it happen as quickly and efficiently as possible. If we run into an issue, we’ll contact you to discuss the possible options. Rest assured that we are ready and willing to get creative in order to get the job done.

What information should I supply a process server?

It is helpful if you can provide the following information:

  • A picture of the subject, sent via text or email
  • A basic physical description, including age, hair color, height and build
  • A current home and/or work address
  • A work schedule
  • The make, model, color of the subject’s vehicle, as well as a license plate number
  • The subject’s email address and phone number

You may not know all of this information, but the more details you can provide, the easier it will be to identify and serve the subject.

Defendant Information Sheet

How do I pay you?

We accept several forms of payment for your convenience. You can choose to mail us a personal check, business check or money order, or we also accept all major credit cards. If you are hand-delivering the papers to us, you can also pay in cash at that time.

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