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General Civil Instructions Form
Provides a form allowing you to instruct the
Sheriff’s Civil Unit as to the service of small claims,
summons & complaint, notices, civil bench warrants, and other types of legal actions.

General Out of State Instructions to the Sheriff of Ventura County Form
Provides a form allowing you to instruct the civil unit as to out of state services.

Writ of Possession – Real Property (Eviction) Form
Provides a form allowing you to instruct the
Sheriff’s Civil Unit regarding the service of an eviction notice.

Bank or Third Party Levy Form
Provides a form allowing you to instruct the Sheriff’s Civil Unit regarding a levy on a bank account or funds in possession of a third party.

Levy Upon the Debtor’s Going Business Form
Provides a form allowing you to instruct the Sheriff’s
Civil Unit regarding service on a defendant’s business
by using “till tap” process, a “keeper installation,” or
a “levy and sell.”

Personal Property/Vehicle Levy Form
Personal property and vehicle(s) of the judgment debtor may be levied upon under a writ of attachment, writ of possessions (claim and deliver), writ of execution, or a writ of possession of personal property. The judgment creditor’s instructions must specifically describe the property/vehicle(s), and the location where the property/vehicle(s) will be found, in such detail that no other property/vehicle(s) could reasonably be mistaken for the property/vehicle(s) to be levied upon.

Levy upon Real Property Form
The judgment debtor’s interest in real property (real estate) may be levied upon and sold under a writ of execution to satisfy a money judgment. The judgment creditor must supply an adequate description of the property (both a legal description and common street address, if any); whether the debtor has a leasehold interest, and whether the property contains a dwelling or is vacant land. The instructions must also include the names and addresses of all other persons having an interest in the property as indicated by records of the county assessor.

Electronic Writ Declaration Form
Effective January 1, 2014, Code of Civil Procedure Section 687.010 changed relating to writs issued electronically by the court. This change affects the requirements on the instructions given to the Levying Officer when accompanied by a writ that was issued electronically.

The Civil Unit will accept the following writs issued electronically by a California Superior Court:

  • Writ of Execution (Money Judgment)
  • Writ of Possession of Real Property (Eviction)
  • Writ of Possession of Personal Property
  • Writ of Sale

The Civil Unit has created the Electronic / Traditional Writ Declaration form that can be used as an attachment to any levy instructions when accompanied by an electronically-issued writ. If you choose not to utilize the form, your instructions must meet the requirements set forth in CCP 687.010(e).

In addition, the Electronic / Traditional Writ Declaration form may also be used for all additional service requests when the original writ—regardless of the manner of its issuance— is already on file with the Civil Division.