The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Civil Bureau is responsible for receiving, processing, maintenance of active files, and serving or executing all judicial process received by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.  The Civil Bureau also receives and processes Baker Act Orders generated during normal work hours for execution by the Warrants Bureau or Patrol Division.

The Civil Bureau carries out the responsibility of the Sheriff, per Florida State Statue, for the service of civil process, including:

  • Service of Subpoenas, Summonses, and other non-enforceable civil process 
  • Execution of Enforceable Civil Process to include: Writs of Possession, Writs of Replevin, Writs of Execution
  • Execution of Child Custody Orders
  • Service of Temporary and Final Injunctions for Protection
  • Service of Risk Protection Orders (RPOs)

Each step in the civil process procedure is extremely important and we work diligently to ensure that all provisions of law have been addressed and adhered to throughout the process.

Physical Address:

Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Civil Bureau (in the County Administration Building)
12 SE 1st Street, Room 148
Gainesville, FL 32601-6826

Mailing Address:

Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Attn: Civil Bureau
P.O. Box 5489
Gainesville, FL 32627-5489

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Office Phone: (352) 384-3051

NOTE: service requires the original or a certified copy of the document, with clerk’s original signature, which will be returned with your Return of Service, PLUS a copy to serve on Respondent. In some cases, papers to be served need a complaint, petition or attachment to summons (Statement of Claim).

Writ of Execution (Sheriff’s Levy)

  • Required documents: Original writ of execution, instructions for Levy, copy of Judgment Lien (for personal property), proof of ownership, and an affidavit (as defined in F.S.S. 56.27).
  • Once the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office has received all required paperwork and sufficient deposit, a deputy will execute the writ.
  • Notice of the Sheriff’s sale will be advertised for 4 consecutive weeks. Upcoming sales may also be viewed with website updates.
  • The Sheriff’s sale will be conducted as a public auction and sold to the highest bidder for cash in hand only. Plaintiffs may credit bid up to the total amount of their judgment, interest, and costs, without cash in hand, if there are no prior liens.
  • Motor vehicles, other personal property and real property, if levied upon, are subject to all existing liens.

Please make checks payable to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.