Understanding Process Servers’ Phone Practices

Blog Introduction: If you’ve ever been served papers, then you might have noticed that the process server called from a blocked number. But why? Do process servers always call from blocked numbers? Let’s take a look at the importance of process servers calling from blocked numbers and when they don’t.

What is a Process Server?

A process server is an individual who delivers legal documents to another person or organization, usually in connection with court proceedings. This can include subpoenas, summonses, complaints, orders to appear in court, or any other legal document. The act of delivering these documents is known as the service of process. In most cases, process servers are hired by law firms or other companies that need to legally notify someone about an upcoming court proceeding or lawsuit.

Why Do Process Servers Call From Blocked Numbers?

The main reason why process servers call from blocked numbers is to protect their identity and safety while they’re out delivering documents. It may be necessary for them to contact people who are not expecting their arrival and may become hostile if they know who they are dealing with. Additionally, it’s important for the server’s security that they aren’t identified as a process server when contacting people who may not be pleased with being served papers.

When Don’t Process Servers Call From Blocked Numbers?

In some cases, such as when serving documents to businesses, it may be necessary for the process server to identify themselves before arriving at the business’s address. This will help prevent any misunderstandings on arrival and make it easier for the business owner or manager to allow access into their building so that the documents can be served properly. Additionally, if there are multiple attempts made to serve a particular set of documents then it may be necessary for the server to provide their contact information so that future attempts can be arranged more easily.


Understanding when and why process servers call from blocked numbers is important in knowing what kind of contact you should expect during the service of the process. Generally speaking, calling from a blocked number offers increased privacy and safety for both the individual being served papers and the process server themselves; however, there are certain situations where unblocking one’s caller ID might be necessary to avoid confusion or misunderstanding between parties involved in the service of process. Whether you’re being served papers yourself or hiring someone else as your designated representative for service of process, understanding how and why calls are made from blocked numbers can help ensure everything goes smoothly during this critical phase in any court proceeding or lawsuit.

Here at Lafayette Process Servers LLC, we, unfortunately, lack the expertise to provide any sound legal counsel. This article simply serves as an educational resource – it’s not a substitute for consulting with a licensed lawyer who is familiar with your state’s regulations. Therefore, if you wish to make sure that all of your actions comply with local laws and statutes, please reach out to an attorney before proceeding further.