PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS v. PROCESS SERVERS …….
Why are California Private Investigators limited to the types of documents they can serve?
Virtually anyone can become a working California registered process server with $250. and a few free hours. State licensed private investigators either have law enforcement backgrounds or 6,000 hours of qualified experience working as a private investigator. Private investigators are trained professionals who are state-tested in “process service” and on their ”knowledge of laws that regulate process serving.“ In addition, private investigators must pass a thorough DOJ criminal background clearance BEFORE being issued a license. (Not the case for registered process servers).
FACT: ZERO experience necessary to become a “registered process server.”
P.I. FACT: 6,000 hours of qualified experience or law enforcement background is required to become a licensed California private investigator.
FACT: ZERO training required to become a “registered process server.”
FACT: ZERO education necessary to become a “registered process server.”
FACT: ZERO testing or pre-registration knowledge of ANYTHING to become a “registered process server.”
P.I. FACT: Private investigators are state tested and must pass a 150 question pre-licensing examination that includes subject matter in “process service” and “knowledge of laws that regulate process serving.”
Utah recently passed legislation that completely exempts private investigators from registration. Do you think California should follow suit?
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