Governor signs Rep. Dan Griffey’s process server privacy bill

House Bill 1962, which prohibits county auditors from displaying or releasing Social Security numbers collected when filing the registration information of process servers, was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Rep. Dan Griffey, R-Allyn, prime-sponsored the bill after learning that some counties were providing process servers' Social Security numbers through public information requests. The bill bars that from happening unless disclosure is required under federal law.

“House Bill 1962 provides stronger privacy protections for our process servers,” said Griffey. “No longer will these individuals need to be concerned about having their identity stolen or their credit destroyed due to the disclosure of their Social Security number by a county auditor. This is a long overdue reform, and I thank the governor for signing the bill into law today.”

Process servers primarily file court papers, retrieve documents, and serve legal documents to people involved in court cases. Under current law, county auditors are required to develop a registration form for the purpose of identifying and locating a registered process server. The form must include their name, birth date, Social Security number, and other additional information.

House Bill 1962 passed unanimously in the state House and Senate before being signed by the governor. It will take effect 90 days after adjournment of the 2015 regular legislative session.

PHOTO: Gov. Jay Inslee signs Rep. Dan Griffey's House Bill 1962 into law.

Back row from left: Pat Tarzwell; Sandy Tarzwell; Sarah, Rep. Griffey's daughter
Front row from left: Amber Oliver, Legislative Assistant to Rep. Griffey; Ted Trask, Mason County Legal Process Service; Governor Jay Inslee; Rep. Dan Griffey and his grandson William; Dinah Griffey, Rep. Griffey's wife.

 

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