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Lieutenant Rhonda Walker

208 E Cypress St.

Arcadia, Fl 34266

863-993-4700 Ext 2233





All Service of Process is performed under Florida Statutes.
If your state requires different service/or an affidavit other
than the one we provide you will have to use other means
for service such as a private process service. 
If you have any questions please call our office prior to
sending your process.





 Civil Process Division 

The Civil Process Division is located at the Sheriffs Office Administration Building (208 East Cypress Street, Arcadia) and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Phone number (863) 993-4700 Ext 2233 or 2234

We are closed on Legal Holidays.

We process and serve enforceable and non- enforceable process from all courts per Florida State Statute. We also create and maintain Returns of Service and other documents as per Florida State statue and Florida Division of Archive requirements.  We process and enforce court orders, including but not limited to injunctions for protection, writs of possession, levy under writ of execution and writ of attachment.


Effective July 1st, 2009 and pursuant to Section 30.231 of the Florida Statutes fees for service of process are to be paid in advance, are non-refundable, and considered earned when the request for service is made.   It is the responsibility of the party requesting service of process to furnish to the sheriff an original or certified true copy of the process and sufficient copies for the parties to be served.  Florida State Statute requires the party requesting service to provide the sheriff with the best known actual address where service may be made.  Post Office boxes, rural routes, general delivery and other directions that do not provide a specific physical location are not acceptable.

Acceptable forms of payment are money order, cashiers check, or local check.  We do not accept out-of state checks, unless from a government agency or attorney.  Do not send cash.

A return stamped envelope, addressed to the originating clerk of court, and an additional stamped envelope, addressed to the party requesting service, is required to send the Original Return of Service and copy to the courts and for your records.

      Mailing address for Service:
                                                                      DeSoto County Sheriff's Office
                                                    Attn: Civil Process Division
                                                    208 E Cypress Street
                                                    Arcadia, Florida 34266









Writ of Attachment


Witness Subpoena


Writ of Possession




Writ of Replevin


Notice to Appear


Writ of Execution-Levy***

Order to show cause


Levy Fee(one fee unless property seized at different locations


Processing writ and preparing file(formerly docket/index)


Writing Legal Ad


Holding Sheriff's Sale


Bill of Sale, Deed or Satisfaction


***-Additional Fees for Levy are actual costs for Court filings(Clerk's fees), Storage and haulage, and other services
         as required (locksmith, electrician etc.)

All documents must be either issued in or domesticed within the State of Florida.  Any enforceable process requiring in excess of one hour will be charged at the rate of $30 per hour per deputy.  If anticipated, an estimate cost deposit will be required in addition to the original cost deposit.

**Cost deposit for levies vary;  Real property starts at $1000.00 and Personal Property starts at $2000.00.  Expenses incurred during levy are paid out of cost deposit, and all costs and expenses are the responsibilty of the moving party.  Proceeds from sheriff's sale may not be enough to satisfy judgements and expense.


Worthless Checks are no longer processed through our office. The new process for worthless checks written in Sarasota, Manatee and Desoto Counties, is available online (as are the forms). Please visit the link above for additional details.
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Desoto County Sheriff's Office
William P. Wise Sheriff

208 East Cypress Street
Arcadia, Fl. 34266
(863) 993-4700
 743-6777 South County Residents

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