The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office Civil Division has the responsibility of receiving, processing and serving legal documents.  In the earlier years of the division, it was operated almost exclusively by civilian personnel with one sworn deputy assigned to execute writs and orders of the court.  The Civil Division has four sworn deputies and two civilian clerks.            

This division is responsible for the service (personal delivery) of all legal processes presented by the state and district courts, attorneys, and the general public. Examples of legal processes include: original notices, court orders, juvenile orders, and subpoenas.

The Sheriff’s Office conducts all Sheriff’s Sales that involve personal property and real property and conducts condemnation hearings that arise from Woodbury County, Sioux City, the State of Iowa, and from private citizens.

Costs for service are mandated by the Code of Iowa. The Civil Division does not accept advance fees; all fees will be billed upon completion of the service. The type of paper served and the location for service determines the amount of service fees required. 

Civil Service Fees

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept paperwork by fax or email. Documents may be submitted for service by mail to the following address:

Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office
ATTN: Civil
PO Box 3715
Sioux City, IA 51102

You are required to send enough copies of the paperwork to complete the service. The general rule is one copy for the sheriff and one copy for each person/entity you want to serve. In addition, you must provide instructions for service which will include the address where the party may be found and any additional information you feel would be helpful for service.

General inquiries may be made by calling 712-279-6010 and choose option one (1) from the automated system.

For specific questions or concerns, please contact Civil Process Division Deputy Andrew Vogt at 712-279-6010 ext. 2638 or by email at

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This content was printed from the County website at on May 19, 2024.