Civil News and Updates

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2024: GOV §26666.10 (AB 2791)

A portion of AB 2791 GOV §26666 took effect on 1/1/2023. GOV § 26666.10 will take effect on 1/1/2024. A new mandated universal instruction form will be required to initiate any service. SER-001 “Request for Sheriff to Serve Court Papers” will be available 1/1/2024.

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**Effective Immediately***

FSO Sheriff instruction forms are no longer valid or available for use.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.  See “Fees & Service Type” for the new fee schedule.

Any mail sent to an address other than the civil unit post office box address is subject to delays if received at all.

The Sheriff’s Civil Unit will be closed on the following holidays:

1/15/2024 - Dr. Martin Luther King

2/19/2024 - Presidents Day

4/1/2024 - Cesar Chavez

5/27/2024 - Memorial Day

6/19/2024 - Juneteenth

7/4/2024 - Independence Day

9/2/2024 - Labor Day

11/11/2024 - Veterans Day

11/28/2024 & 11/29/2024 - Thanksgiving

12/25/2024 - Christmas

1/1/2025 - New Years


The Fresno County Sheriff’s Civil Unit is a full-service county. Our office serves civil process in the manner prescribed by law, covering 6,000 square miles daily. Our office is a neutral third party; therefore, we remain impartial between each party requesting and receiving service.

The Civil Unit is not connected to any department of the court. We do not handle civil disputes, civil crimes or give any legal advice. All civil disputes or civil crimes should be directed to the local jurisdictional agency the address is assigned to-NOT THE CIVIL UNIT. For assistance with a lawsuit, an eviction, a restraining order, or any legal advice, please contact California Superior court or an attorney.

Civil Unit Contact Information

Please have your court case number and Sheriff file number when corresponding with the Civil Unit.

Civil Unit email:

Civil Unit phone: 559-600-8230 MWF 9:00am to 3:00pm

Thank you for your cooperation and patience!

Contact Information

Civil Unit Contact Information


Office Main Line: (559) 600-8230


Fresno County Sheriff's Office Civil Unit
P.O. Box 45025
Fresno, CA 93718

***The Civil Unit will not be responsible for mail sent to the incorrect address***

Hours of Operation

Public Window AND Phone Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Friday: 9am to 3pm

770 E. Shaw Ave., Suite 300
Fresno, CA 93710

***Do not send mail to this address***

Civil Forms

Mandatory Judicial Council Instruction Form ; Miscellaneous ; Eviction Information ; Wage Garnishment ; Enforcement of Judgment ; Complex Levy Information ;

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