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5/13/1981--Introduced. Private Service of Civil Process by United States Marshals Act of 1981 - Prohibits the service of complaints, summonses, and subpoenas by United States marshals on behalf of any party other than the United States unless performed pursuant to express statutory authorization or court order. Requires the Attorney General to prescribe regulations for the fees to be collected by United States marshals for: (1) serving writs; (2) serving a subpoena or summons; (3) forwarding any writ, order, or process; (4) preparations of a notice of sale; (5) the keeping of attached property; (6) furnishing copies of writs or other papers; and (7) necessary travel in serving any process, writ, or order. Sets the commission to be collected by United States marshals for seizing or levying on property, disposing of such property by sale, or otherwise receiving and paying over money. Requires the Attorney General to prescribe regulations with a minimum and maximum amount for such commissions.