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Dane County Sheriff's Office

Civil Process Fees

Fees for the service of civil process are set by the County Board of Supervisors and will be effective for Service of Process by the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.

On April 12, 2005, the County Board established, pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 814.70, the fees for the service of civil process as follows:


$40 per paper, per person, per attempt or service of civil papers. This includes all summons, complaints, writs, orders, injunctions, subpoenas, executions, judgments, or another legal process. Service will be attempted up to three (3) times unless the Civil Process Office is otherwise instructed and the appropriate fees are paid. Pre-payment of Sheriff's fees will be required for all accounts with past due balances. You will be billed for fees incurred in excess of the pre-payment amount.

Authority: Dane County Ordinance Amendment 26, 2004-2005


Mileage is charged at the current IRS mileage rate if service is accomplished. This rate is subject to change based on the IRS. Mileage is calculated on a round-trip basis. No mileage is charged for unsuccessful attempts at service. Mileage will be charged once per address, notwithstanding the number of people served at one address.

Authority: Dane County Resolution 48, 04-05

Additional copies of papers must be provided

For each person or entity that is to be served, the Civil Process Office must be provided with one copy for each person/company to be served, PLUS one extra copy for office use that will be returned back with the affidavit(s) of service. If an extra copy is not enclosed, you will be charged $0.25 per page for any copies.

A self-addressed stamped envelope is requested for the return of papers to the party requesting service of process.


An indigent person is an exception. The indigent person must have a current waiver of fees from the court of jurisdiction.

Temporary restraining orders and injunctions may be exempt, depending on the basis of the order.

Sheriff's Sales fees total $150.00; $75.00 for the posting and $75.00 for the sale itself.

In the event that a deputy is required to stand by during property seizures, evictions, assistance, executions, etc., the rate will be $56.78 per hour per deputy plus service fee and mileage.