All papers issued to the Sheriff’s Office for service, whether it be from the Courts or an attorney’s office, service will be attempted and then an invoice will be sent to the appropriate offices.
Papers from the litigants themselves must have a prepaid deposit, either by cash or credit/debit card payment OR a copy of your IFP Order from the court, before service.
The deposit is separate from any filing fees paid to the Court Clerk to have a paper issued so it will be necessary to either come directly to the Sheriff’s office to leave the deposit.
If you are filing papers with another court, please bring the papers to be served with you or mail them with a cover letter that includes your phone number so that we can contact you for payment prior to attempting service.
Any papers received from the courts where the litigants are requesting service, but have not paid for service through the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office shall have their papers returned directly to the courts with no service attempted.
Fees for service inside Lancaster County:
CASH AND DEBIT/CREDIT CARDS ONLY. Government agencies that do not have access to a credit card are authorized to pay by check.
• Filed in the state of Nebraska / to be served inside city limits of Lincoln - $25.00
• Filed in the state of Nebraska / to be served outside city limits of Lincoln- $50.00
• Filed in state other than Nebraska / to be served inside city limits of Lincoln -$35.00
• Filed in state other than Nebraska / to be served outside city limits of Lincoln -$50.00
There is a $2.50 fee plus a 3.5% charge when paying with a card. All fees charged to use credit cards are retained by the payment processing company. The county does not retain any portion of the fees.
These fees are a combination of the cost for process, service, maintenance, mileage and return.
Service of process from courts outside of Nebraska is a courtesy this office is pleased to extend, however, it is not mandated by state statute nor can the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office be bound by another state’s requirements for service.