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Eviction Process

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office does not provide legal advice. The Sheriff’s Office may provide information about its policies and procedures for Service of Process. This should not be considered legal advice. If you have questions related to legal issues, contact an attorney or visit the 19th Judicial Circuit’s Center for Self Representation in the William D. Block Memorial Library located in Lake County Government Building, 18 N. County Street in Waukegan.

The eviction procedure begins with serving a Landlord/Tenant notice. Please contact the Lake County Circuit Clerk’s Office (847.377.3380) to obtain the requirements for a proper service. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office does not serve these papers. After service is complete, a notarized copy of the Landlord/Tenant notice for eviction is filed with the Lake County Circuit Clerk’s Office. 

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office requires the original Summons and Complaint in order to provide service. Only cash or checks are accepted. Please call the Civil Process Division at 847.377.4400 or view our service fee schedule.  The original Summons with the court seal, one Summons and one Complaint for each person to be served are required. Please be aware that serving unknown occupants is a separate recommended service.  The Sheriff’s Office requires a minimum of two (2) weeks to attempt service. Know your court date and plan time for service. 

After service is attempted or completed, the affidavits of service are returned to the Circuit Clerk’s Office and placed in the corresponding case file.  The Deputy’s affidavit discloses if the papers were served or not. To verify service call 847.377.4400 and please have your case number. 

A Forcible Entry and Detainer Order, gives the Sheriff the authority to return possession of the property back to the Plaintiff. Once the Judge signs the Forcible Entry and Detainer Order, a certified copy plus one copy, and the Eviction Request Form must be provided to the Sheriff’s Office to schedule an eviction date.  Evictions are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. A fee must be paid at time of scheduling.    

A Deputy Sheriff will arrive at the scheduled date and time to enforce the order. It is the Plaintiff’s responsibility to be at the eviction site at the designated time with a minimum of three capable movers, and a locksmith to open doors and change locks. All items in the property will be removed while the Deputy is present.  The items will be placed on the curb or other suitable location determined by the Deputy. It is the Plaintiff’s responsibility to provide tarps to cover items during inclement weather.  All items must remain on the premises for 24 hours. After the 24-hour period passes, it is Plaintiff’s responsibility to dispose of the items according to the city/municipal ordinance of the eviction location. For personal property located outside the residence, it is the responsibility of the Plaintiff to inform the Deputy of the removal.   

Invoices will be sent to the Plaintiff/Plaintiff’s Attorney within one (1) week of the eviction. Payment is due within 30 days or legal action may occur.

In addition to the service fee, an Enforcement Fee of $78.00 per Deputy, per hour is charged, plus mileage. A one hour minimum fee charged and prorated every 15 minutes thereafter. Billing occurs following enforcement of the order, and payment due upon receipt. Failure to pay may result in immediate legal action.

Please contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Civil Process at 847.377.4400 if you have questions.


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