Pennsylvania Process Servers
||RULE 400. PERSON TO MAKE SERVICE.
(a) Except as provided in subdivisions (b) and (c)
and in Rules 400.1 and 1930.4, original process
shall be served within the Commonwealth only by the
(b) In addition to service by the sheriff, original
process may be served also by a competent adult in
the following actions: equity, partition, prevent
waste, and declaratory judgment when declaratory
relief is the only relief sought.
(c) When the sheriff is a party to the action,
original process shall be served by the coroner
or other officer authorized by law to perform the
duties of coroner.
(d) If service is to be made by the sheriff in a
county other than the county in which the action
was commenced, the sheriff of the county where
service may be made shall be deputized for that
purpose by the sheriff of the county where the
action was commenced.
RULE 400.1. PROVISIONS FOR PHILADELPHIA COUNTY.
(a) In an action commenced in the First Judicial District,
original process may be served within the county
by the sheriff or a competent adult, or in any other
county by deputized service as provied by Rule 400(d)
or by a competent adult forwarding the process to the
sheriff of the county where service may be made.
(b) In an action commenced in any other county, original
process may be served in Philadelphia County by deputized
service as provided by Rule 400(d) or by a competent adult.