Civil Process

In order to better serve the citizens of Polk County, the Sheriff's Civil Process Office has moved to The Justice Center, 222 5th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309.  We are conveniently located in the same building as Small Claims Court and across the street from the Courthouse.

If you have any questions or comments regarding civil documents, please contact us at:

If you have any questions or comments regarding sheriff sales, please contact us at:

Civil Process Office

Location: 222 5th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

Services Provided: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm 

  • District Court - Protective orders, Divorce Papers, Civil Lawsuits. Phone: (515) 286-3800
  • Small claims - Original Notices. Phone: (515) 286-3800
  • Evictions - Notices, Writ of Removal and Forcible Entry & Detainer (F.E.D). Phone: (515) 286-3800
  • Garnishment - Filing Garnishments. Phone: (515) 286-3800

Payments Accepted for:

  • Outstanding fees, Judgments & Garnishment payments
  • Fax: (515) 286-3410

Sheriff's Sales: Filing and Sales. Phone (515) 286-2293 or (515) 875-5623

  • Garnishments - Processing and Inquiries. Phone: (515) 286-3800
  • Condemnations - Filing Applications & Inquiries. Phone: (515) 286-2293 or (515) 875-5623

Civil Process Inquiry

General Public Access

Customers can now submit papers online and pay by credit card. To submit papers online with a credit card:

High-Volume Attorney & Business Access

Legal and business professionals may elect to receive additional online services for a minimal annual fee. CivilViewer is a secure web portal that gives up to the minute access to civil filing, service and judgment information.  Expanded service provides many operational benefits including:

  • Personalized and secure access
  • Fast, keyword search capabilities
  • Easy access to document service information
  • Email notification of updates on their service documents

The secure web portal is available here:

To register, or for additional information, please contact the Civil Division at 515-286-3800

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