Civil Services

Changes to the Law: Effective Jan. 1, 2024

GOV §26666.10 (AB 2791): A portion of AB 2791 GOV §26666 took effect on 1/1/2023 and GOV § 26666.10 took effect on 1/1/2024. A new mandated universal instruction form is required to initiate any service.  The universal form, known as SER-001 “Request for Sheriff to Serve Court Papers," is now available. Former NSCO Sheriff instruction forms are no longer valid or available for use.

GOV §26720, 26736, 26738, 26746 (SB 564): Fees for the Sheriff have increased including the Sheriff’s debtor assessment fee.  Review our new Fee Schedule to see the updated charges.

Check back here for continued updates or call our civil unit at (530) 265-1220.

Nevada County’s Civil Division oversees service of documents and execution of levies. Our office serves civil process in the manner prescribed by law.

Civil processes include, but are not limited to:  

  • Summons and complaints
  • Summons and petitions
  • Small claims documents for a civil lawsuit
  • Restraining orders
  • Bench warrants
  • Evictions 
  • Any other notice or order from the courts

We also levy on wages, bank accounts, physical or real property, or any asset of the judgment debtor.

The Sheriff's Office is required by law to charge fees for most civil process and enforcement of judgment actions. Fees must be paid when documents are brought in or mailed in for service. Sheriff Office fees are set in accordance with the California Government Code § 26720 et seq.

Acceptable forms of payment include:

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Money Order
  • Granted Court Order for Fee Waiver 

Please see our attached new Fee Schedule* for the cost of different services.

Required Paperwork for Service

Linked below are our commonly used civil instruction forms. For most documents, please use the Civil Instruction Letter (FORM 1). If it is a Writ of Possession, please use the Eviction Instruction Letter (FORM 2). Please note, these forms are in compliance with GOV § 26666.10, which took effect on Jan. 1, 2024. Former NSCO Sheriff instruction forms are no longer valid or available for use.

FORM 1 SER-001: Instructions for Service of Documents

FORM 2 SER-001A: All Writs and Levies

For evictions, both forms, SER-001 AND SER-001A are required. 

For any court forms, please refer to the California Courts Website at

If you would like the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office to attempt service of your documents, please include the following:

  • Documents for service (appropriate number of copies)
  • Completed Instruction Form (specific to the type of service)
  • Payment (forms of payment listed above)

All documents and payment may be mailed or can be brought into our office for service (see our contact info to the right). The Civil Division operates under the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office and is located inside the same building at the Eric Rood Administrative Center. If the fee is waived for service, the documents, instruction letter and fee waiver may be electronically emailed to

Service Attempts

Service of documents are attempted three times. Each attempt will be on a different day and time. If service is successful, a proof of service will be mailed to you and the court listed on the documents. If the service is unsuccessful, a proof of due diligence that shows the three attempts and why it was unsuccessful, will be mailed to you.


  1. ContactPhoto_ShannanMoon

    Shannan Moon

    Sheriff-Coroner-Public Administrator

  2. Civil Services

    Physical Address
    950 Maidu Ave #180
    Nevada County, CA 95959

    Fax 530.470.0439

    Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., excluding holidays. Service of some documents may continue during the weekend if received and entered during business hours.