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Washington Process Serving Laws

(Rules of Civil Procedure in the United States)

 

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Who can be a process server in Washington?

Any adult over the age of eighteen (18) years old, that is not a party to the case, or a member of a corporation or organization that is a party, may serve (deliver) the papers. 

 

Does Washington require process servers to be licensed?

Yes.

  • According to the Washington Administrative Code, Title 13, section 067.5 thru 067.100: Process servers must be licensed by the Commissioner of Public Safety. A surety bond of $15,000 must be posted by each process server. The bond applies principally to theft that may arise out of levies and executions. In order to receive a process server’s license, all applicants must pass a written examination.

  • According to the Revised Code of Washington §18.180.010: A person who serves legal process for a fee in the State of Washington is required to register with the auditor of the county in which the process server resides or operates his or her principal place of business and pay a $10 fee. No testing and no requirement for insurance or bonding. Easiest and most inexpensive state in which to get a license.

 

Are there any day or time restrictions to service of process in Washington?
No.

 





 

Washington Rules of Civil Procedure are from CivilProcedure.info Federal Rules of Civil Procedure site

 

Because the laws of process service may change from time to time, please check the Washington Courts website for updated rules of civil procedure in Washington.

 





 

Rules of Civil Procedure in Washington:

 

Rule 4 Process

(a) Summons--Issuance.

  1. The summons must be signed and dated by the plaintiff or his attorney, and directed to the defendant requiring him to defend the action and to serve a copy of his appearance or defense on the person whose name is signed on the summons.
  2. Unless a statute or rule provides for a different time requirement, the summons shall require the defendant to serve a copy of his defense within 20 days after the service of summons, exclusive of the day of service. If a statute or rule other than this rule provides for a different time to serve a defense, that time shall be stated in the summons.
  3. A notice of appearance, if made, shall be in writing, shall be signed by the defendant or his attorney, and shall be served upon the person whose name is signed on the summons. In condemnation cases a notice of appearance only shall be served on the person whose name is signed on the petition.
  4. No summons is necessary for a counterclaim or cross claim for any person who previously has been made a party. Counterclaims and cross claims against an existing party may be served as provided in rule 5.
(b) Summons.
  1. Contents. The summons for personal service shall contain:
  1. the title of the cause, specifying the name of the court in which the action is brought, the name of the county designated by the plaintiff as the place of trial, and the names of the parties to the action, plaintiff and defendant;
  2. a direction to the defendant summoning him to serve a copy of his defense within a time stated in the summons;
  3. a notice that, in case of failure so to do, judgment will be rendered against him by default. It shall be signed and dated by the plaintiff, or his attorney, with the addition of his post office address, at which the papers in the action may be served on him by mail.

 

 


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