Civil Unit

Civil Unit

General Information

Colorado State Law mandates all Sheriff's Offices within the State maintain a Civil Unit. The Civil Unit is responsible for the service of all civil papers received by the Sheriff's Office. The Civil Unit also executes all court orders involving civil process issued by the Courts, to include the collection of money and/or seizure of property, as prescribed by law.

The Unit collects any and all required fees and keeps/sends accurate returns to the courts of this County, as well as to all other courts in the United States. They are also responsible for arranging and conducting Sheriff's Sales and making due return to the court in accordance with the law.

Tenants having questions about the eviction process can visit Qualifying tenants may be eligible for free legal help from Pikes Peak Legal Services (719-471-0380).

Things you should know...
  • Restraining Orders take priority over all other types of service. This is due to the hightened danger and/or potential for injury related to these situations.
  • Restitution/Evictions are the second highest priority of the Unit. These court orders are time sensitive and have to be scheduled in advance of their execution.
  • In addition to the service of civil process papers, the Civil Unit is occasionally required to seize property (both real and personal). This property is either returned to the owner or put up for Sheriff's Sale in order to satisfy a judgment of the court.
  • On average, the Civil Unit receives a total of approximately 900 civil process papers/orders per month.
  • Currently, the Civil Unit is staffed with one Sergeant, six Deputies, and three civilian clerks.
  • Deputies assigned to the Unit often encounter criminal activity while serving civil papers and executing court orders. When this occurs the Deputies take appropriate action in accordance with the law.

Distraint Warrants

CRS 39-10-111: At any time after the first day of October, the treasurer shall enforce collection of delinquent taxes on personal property by commencing a court action for collection or employing a collection agency as provided in Section 39-10-112 or by distraining, seizing, and selling the property. Whenever a Distraint Warrant is issued, it shall be served by the Sheriff or a commissioned deputy or, at the discretion of the Sheriff, by a private server of process hired for the purpose. Any cost incurred as a result of hiring a private server of process shall be paid by the Sheriff’s Office, and the cost shall not exceed the amount specified in section 30-1-104 (1) (a), CRS.

Contact Information
(719) 520-7144
(719) 520-7293

El Paso County Sheriff's Office
Attention: Civil Unit
27 East Vermijo Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903


Office hours:  8:00 am - 4:30 pm
closed for lunch: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Restraining Order Information

If you have questions in regards to how to apply for a restraining order, please visit our restraining order information page by clicking the button below.


Civil Unit Fees

This document will provide you with the service fee structure and guidelines for the service of paperwork by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office Civil Section.

New fees effective September 2020

Landlord Pamphlet

This pamphlet has been prepared by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Civil Office, in partnership with the Institute of Real Estate Management.

Eviction Information

This document contains answers to the most frequency asked questions about the eviction process in El Paso County. This is very useful for landlord and property managers.

Resolution No. 10-286

A resolution concerning fees charged by the El Paso County County Sheriff's Office relating to the service of process pursuant to House Bill 10-1057 - effective on August 11, 2010.

Office of the Sheriff

27 East Vermijo Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
United States

719-520-7100 / 719-390-5555 (after hours)

El Paso County Jail

2739 East Las Vegas Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
United States