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Trailfinder, Inc.
A Level II Colorado State Licensed Private Detective Agency (#PI2.270)
(303) 495-3379​
[email protected]
Denver | Boulder | Vail | Castle Rock | Woodland Park | Colorado Springs | Pueblo | And More!


​​What is Service of Process?

In simple terms, Service of Process is the procedure by which a party to a court matter gives an appropriate notice to another party, in an effort to establish jurisdiction and enable that person to respond. Service of Process is almost always required in order to move to the next step of your initial court proceedings. Learn more here: Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure.

Who can legally serve papers in the State of Colorado?

 ​Under "Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 4, Process, (d) By Whom Served," Process may be served by any person over the age of 18, not a party to the action.

Does a Private Process Server need to be licensed in Colorado?

Beware, Colorado does not currently regulate or license private “Process Servers” in this State. To know you are dealing with a true professional, who will not take your money and be fraudulent about the services provided, we highly recommend you only use the Sheriff or Licensed Private Detectives, like us, to serve your important and sensitive court documents. Always ask for and verify the license number before making a payment:

What documents can Trailfinder, Inc. serve?

We serve all types of paperwork which can include citations, petitions, summons, complaints, subpoenas, family court papers, protective orders, collection letters, notices, discovery documents, orders to show cause, motions, garnishments, child support, evictions, civil summons, writs, complaints, and more. We can even deliver high value packages and personal letters, with more security and discretion than local shippers. We can serve documents for all U.S. States, not just Colorado.

Does it matter who I hire? What are the benefits of using a process server from Trailfinder Investigations, instead of a friend or family member of mine?

Accuracy and credibility. First, if the serve itself or the paperwork afterwards is not completed correctly, according to the procedural rules, your case could be dismissed or delayed. Second, Judges are rightfully skeptical of friends and relatives claiming they served court documents when Respondent’s do not show up to court. Note that a Respondent may have the right to Motion the Court to Set Aside Judgement, if they claim the service was not performed lawfully and it will be your responsibility to prove based on a preponderance of the evidence that the service was completed according to all the procedural rules. How will you prove your friend/relative is being truthful? Our company is an unbiased 3rd party, State licensed as Private Detectives, and we provide a copy of our body camera footage along with our affidavit to prove every serve is performed lawfully.

Can I serve papers myself?

No. It is not lawful to serve your own paperwork. For the same reason that it is frowned upon to have friends or family, the court must be able to rely on ‘credible’ and ‘unbiased’ information that the Respondent had proper lawful notice.

How much does it cost to get papers served?

Please visit our Pricing Page for information about our pricing.

Can papers be emailed, faxed or mailed? Do you need the original copies?

Even if you used carbon copies, it is very rare that we would ever need to serve “original” documents. Colorado cases require only a copy of the documents to be served. Please email all documents to us at [email protected]

How long does it take to get papers served?

This is entirely up to you! We have packages that start as early as today, or that are completed within 10 days. Please visit our Process Serving page for more information.

Where can Respondents be served?

Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 4 (d), states that process may be served anywhere within the United States or it’s Territories and gives capabilities for service in Foreign Countries. We can serve them almost anywhere!

What if the person cannot be found or is evasive?

Although our “knock packages” are the most popular, we regularly stake out and hunt down respondents. We also offer "skip tracing" services. Please see our Process Serving page for more information.

Do I need to hire a process server where I am located or where the papers are to be served?

A process server should be hired as close to the location of the respondent needed served as possible. Our company, Trailfinder Investigations, services all of Colorado.

What is an Affidavit of Service and a Proof of Service?

At the end of our services, the Investigator assigned to your case will complete an Affidavit, a document that affirms what happened during your serve. The Investigator will then sign, and have it notarized, under penalty of perjury, that the facts contained therein are accurate. This is the document that the court will need for you to prove that you completed your obligation of serving your court paperwork on the respondent.

Will you file my Affidavit of Service with my Clerk of Court?

We have a very organized process. We will keep you updated every step of the way. Once your affidavit is ready, it will be scanned and emailed to you and we will then ask if you would like us to complimentary mail it back to you or your court.

What if the person being served refuses to accept the papers?

Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure state that we must be able to identify the person, articulate why we believed that was the respondent, offer to provide the documents to that person, and then after that person refuses or fails to accept them, we are required to post them in a conspicuous place. If we can get the person’s face on our body camera, we will be able to effectuate lawful service.

Do you have any examples of body camera footage?

Yes, here are two samples of serves we conducted:

 What if I have more questions?

Call us at (303) 495-3379, or send us an email to:  [email protected]

How do I get started?

Email us your documents or use our all-in-one form:  HTTPS://TRAILFINDERINC.COM/SERVE