Welcome to the County of Berks
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*​

**Effective June 12, 2017, all checks for Personal Property deposit and Attachments must be separate.  We will no longer accept one check for both services.  Any questions please call 610-478-6240 x3204 or x3210 or e-mail PersonalProperty@countyofberks.com**


**Effective January 1, 2021 the fee for an attachment of 1 or 2 defendants and up to 3 garnishees will be a $400 deposit.  IF you have more than 2 defendants and/or more than 3 garnishees call 610-478-6240 x3204 or x3210 or e-mail PersonalProperty@countyofberks.com.





Civil Services Filed in Berks County Prothonotary's Office​
Deposit for 1-3 Defendants: $100.00
Additional fee for each additional Defendant: $50.00

 Civil Services Filed
Out of County / Out of State​

Deposit $100.00
​Personal Property Filed in Berks County Prothonotary's Office
​               Deposit $300.00

​Personal Property Filed in
District Justice Office

               Deposit $300.00
Real Estate​
              Deposit $2,500.00

As of 1/1/2021 the fee for attachments of 1 or 2 defendants and up to 3 garnishees.

IF you have more than 2 defendant and/or more than 3 garnishees call
610-478-6240 x3204 for the fee.

​       Deposit $400.00
​*Deputized Services:
Contact County where service is to be made for costs