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Civil Process

The Berks County Sheriff's Office receives over 10,000 pieces of civil process each year. This number does not include the thousands of tax sale documents that are processed through and served by the office. The Civil Division is comprised of a Real Estate Administrator and 10 staff members. It is responsible for processing Sheriff's sales, protections from abuse orders, civil complaints, tax notices and the issuing of the Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms.

Civil Process Division
Contact information:
Jennifer DeFrees
Real Estate Administrator
610.478.6240 Ext 3211


Berks County Sheriff's Costs for Civil Process*

Effective September 1, 2020, the Berks County Sheriff's Office will no longer be accepting CASH as a form of payment.  We require payment for services to be made by check, money order or credit card ONLY. 

 Checks should be made payable to Eric J. Weaknecht, Sheriff*​

**On November 25, 2020 Governor Wolf signed into law Act 134 which will increase the state surcharge. Because of this increase, we were faced with re-evaluating our required deposit for service of original process. Therefore, beginning January 1, 2022 our fees will increase as follows (the highlighted in red reflect increases):





Civil Services Filed in
Berks County Prothonotary's Office​
1 to 3 Defendants: $150.00
Additional fee for EACH additional
Defendant: $50.00

 Civil Services Filed
Out of County / Out of State​

1 to 3 Defendants: $150.00

Additional fee for EACH additional 
defendant: $50.00

​Personal Property Filed in Berks County Prothonotary's Office Deposit: $300.00
Writ of Possessions Deposit: $500.00

​Personal Property Filed in District Justice Office

​Deposit: $300.00
Real Estate​​
​Deposit: $2,500.00


1 to 2 Defendants and up to 3 Garnishees​
 Deposit: $400.00

IF you have more than 2 Defendants and/or 
more than 3 garnishees call

610-478-6240 x3204 for the fee. 

​*Deputized Services:
Contact County where service is to be made for costs