Civil Process


  • Hours: Mon.-Fri., 6 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Phone: 703-228-4480
  • Fax: 703-228-4574
  • Address: 1425 North Courthouse Road, #9100, Arlington, VA 22201


  • In-State: $12 per person
  • Out-of-State: $75 per person
  • No fee for serving protective orders
  • Checks payable to “Sheriff of Arlington County”


  • Landlord initiates five-day pay or quit process or thirty-day notice if tenant is in violation of lease agreement.
    • Notice must be served by a Sheriff’s Office employee, anyone over age eighteen with no personal interest in the matter, or certified mail.
  • If tenant does not comply, General District Court may issue a summons.
    • Summons must be served by Sheriff’s Office personnel and court date must permit both tenant and landlord to appear.
  • If judgment is rendered in favor of landlord, a Writ of Possession is issued, followed by a ten-day period for tenant to appeal.

Eviction Rules

  • Sheriff’s Office has up to 30 days to execute eviction.
  • Sheriff’s Deputy coordinates schedule with landlord.
  • Tenant given minimum 72 hours notice.
  • Sheriff’s Office reserves right to postpone due to inclement weather.
  • Landlord must arrive on time; Deputy need not wait longer than 10 minutes after scheduled time.
  • Landlord or his agents must not enter dwelling until Deputy has arrived. Doing so results in cancellation of both Writ and eviction.