Affidavit (Certificate) of Service Form

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Updated January 14, 2022

An affidavit (certificate) of service provides proof after documents have been delivered to a recipient. This is common when delivering court papers to parties of a case. It’s common to pay a process server or the local Sheriff for delivery.

Notary Acknowledgment – In some States, an affidavit of service must be notarized.

Ways to Serve Someone (6)

  1. Deliver in Person (and obtain a signature);
  2. Deliver to someone who lives at the residence;
  3. Deliver to someone who works at the workplace;
  4. Post or slide under the door;
  5. Send by certified mail (with return receipt); or
  6. Send by standard mail.

When to Use?

An affidavit of service can be used for any reason that a delivery must be verified.

It is commonly used for:

  • Answers;
  • Complaints;
  • Court Hearing Dates;
  • Motions;
  • Notices (eviction);
  • Orders;
  • Subpoenas; and
  • Summons.