El Salvador

El Salvador Process Server

Process Server in El Salvador

Our El Salvador process server will handle your case promptly and efficiently. Process service in El Salvador is easy IF you use the right process server.


Process Service Network serves legal documents in all countries of the world, including International Service of Process in El Salvador. Depending on your needs, we will serve your legal documents either through our international network of private process servers, or by other appropriate process service methods, as allowed by law in El Salvador (see below).

Process Service Network specializes in legal service in El Salvador and is one of the few firms that handles international service of process and offers competitive rates. Our job is to cut through the bureaucracy and red tape to get the service completed with as little delay as possible. We have been in business since 1978 and have developed close working relationships with key individuals in most countries throughout the world. The founder and CEO of Process Service Network was a Political Science major in college with a focus on international relations and is actively involved in a worldwide organization through which he has developed business and personal relationships in over 80 nations worldwide. He is also an International Circle member of the World Affairs Council and an Associate Member of the American Bar Association (ABA).

Unlike some of our competitors who claim to be experts, we actually are familiar with the laws, customs and current practices in the countries where documents are to be served. With offices in 8 countries, serving major regions around the world, we stay on top of current events and service strategies. Our personal relationships and close dealings with the judicial authorities in the U.S. Department of State and many countries allow us to have a better understanding of their procedures and requirements.

Why Choose Process Service Network?

  •   Our extensive network of both process servers and connections get your documents delivered in a timely manner
  •   We deliver your documents through methods that are accepted in all courts worldwide
  •   We will serve your legal documents anywhere in the world
  •   We provide you with a team of skilled, knowledgeable, diligent and competent international service specialists
  •   We quote firm rates, in advance – with no hidden fees

The following is a summary of the methods available for service in El Salvador as well as a specific proposal for process service.


El Salvador is not a signer of The Hague Service Convention. The formal method in El Salvador is Letters Rogatory (see below).


Private process servers may serve documents in El Salvadore. Service is normally handled in a manner similar to methods used in the United States, although completion of the service usually takes longer. Customs and traditions in El Salvador tend to lead to a slower pace and less rigid work habits. Service sometimes may take several months but informal service is much faster than the formal method. Many process servers who we employ are off-duty police officers, attorneys, or government officials who are able to, in certain cases, exercise their official capacity to complete the service. Since we pay the process server a bonus (at our own expense) for prompt service, the normal delays are usually reduced. It must be pointed out that delays can occur due to the current political instability in the region. Currently, the time frame for the completion of informal service is approximately 2-4 weeks.


NOTE:  Service in El Salvador is currently extremely dangerous due to gang control of many urban neighborhoods.  The problem is so serious that courier companies such as Federal Express and DHL Express will not deliver in many areas.  Street gangs have murdered process servers and investigators who have entered their neighborhoods.  Local law-abiding citizens routinely refuse to open their doors for fear of a stranger being a gang member.


A solution is Service by Publication through Global Legal Notices, LLC, which is a subsidiary of our company.  Details can be found at www.GlobalLegalNotices.com.  We prepare the Application for Service by Publication, Affidavit of Due Diligence, and Points and Authorities with everything ready for the court to issue.

Advantage: The time frame is shorter than the formal method.

Disadvantage: Judgment “may” not be enforceable in El Salvador.


Letters Rogatory is used for obtaining evidence or serving pleadings in countries which are not signers of the Hague Service Convention. They are a request from a court in the United States to a court in a foreign country requesting international judicial assistance related to service of process. This method is time consuming, cumbersome, and should be used only when other options are not available. The use of this method may result in habitual time delays of up to 1 year in the execution of requests. This method should only be used if no treaty is in force or if you are serving a Subpoena.

Advantage: In effect, creates a case in the country where the documents are served and makes judgment enforceable.

Disadvantage: Serious time delays and costs.


Most countries require the documents to be translated into the official language of the nation where they are to be served. The U.S. State Department recommends translation, but it is not a requirement unless the formal method is used. It is possible, although rare, that a demurer could be filed based upon lack of understanding by the defendant as to the nature and meaning of un-translated documents. It is important that the Defendant understand the nature of the documents. We offer translation services at rates quoted below.


Service of process*

Informal $1495.00

Service by Publication $995

Letters Rogatory

$1475.00 (+ Embassy Fee of $2275.00)

Expedited Informal

$2700.00 (within 30 days, guaranteed)
*All fees are per defendant/address


$0.38 per word (proper nouns not translated)


DECLARATIONS: We provide formal declarations on the status of service upon request, as required by your court, at no additional charge. We subscribe to the U.S. Department of State weekly up-dates on international service of process and the Central Intelligence Agency briefings on social conditions abroad and monitor problems in nations that might affect the completion of the service. Estimated time for completion of service is subject to change depending on current conditions.


WARNING: Beware of companies that quote suspiciously low rates. They often come back later with an excuse for an additional charge. Our rates are firm for one address quoted. Other companies are actually brokerage firms or website developers, not process service agencies, who farm out assignments to companies that are not knowledgeable or qualified on international service of process.


DISCLAIMER: The information contained herein is provided for general information only and may not be accurate at the time of service in a particular case or country. Questions involving specific services should be directed to our office. Care should be exercised in choosing the method of service (formal/informal) if eventual enforcement of a U.S. judgment is anticipated in the country where the documents are to be served. No legal advice is intended in the statements contained herein. Assignments for international service of process are accepted on the basis that the assigning law firm has researched all applicable laws. Process Service Network and its agents assume no liability for its actions in the course of any phase of the service of process assignment.

Specializing in International Service and “hard-to-serve” cases

What we will need to get it served:

International Service of Process

  • 1. If sending via email: a PDF version of the service documents combined into one (1) file. If sending via FedEx, mail, or similar: three (3)copies of the documents to be served.
    (Note: all 3 sets can be copies; original documents are not required)
  • 2. A letter of instructions advising us the defendant’s name, service address, and requested method of service (i.e. formal or informal).
  • 3. Payment for the service fees in U.S. dollars (we will bill you for the translation costs, if translation is required).

Domestic (United States) Service of Process

  • 1. If sending via email: a PDF version of the service documents combined into one (1) file.
    If sending via FedEx, mail, or similar: two (2) copies of the documents to be served.
    (Note: both sets can be copies; original documents are not required)

  • 2. A letter of instructions advising us the defendant’s name and service address.
  • 3. Payment for the service fees in U.S. dollars.

A note about copies: Service documents sent to us for domestic assignments are subject to a $.25/page copy fee for large files (100+ pages). Copy fees are waived for international assignments.

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Note: We’ve been in business since 1978, so we must be doing it right.