When the party being served lives out of state (but within the United States), documents can usually be served by sending a copy of the documents to party to be served by first-class mail, postage prepaid, and return receipt requested. This is known as Service by Certified Mail.
Satisfy the service requires that:
- The person mailing the documents must NOT be a party to the case and must be at least 18 years of age.
- A Proof of Service must be completed indicating how the documents were served.
Service by certified mail is generally considered complete on the 10th day after the papers have been mailed.