If the party being served agrees to be served by mail and signs a document for the court stating that they received the papers, Service by Notice and Acknowledgement of Receipt may be an acceptable method of service. This method is often used for a Summons and Petition.
Requirements for Notice and Acknowledgement of Receipt:
- The server mails the documents to the other party, including two copies of the Notice and Acknowledgment of Receipt.
- The party being served signs one copy of the Notice and Acknowledgment of Receipt, thus informing the court that they received the documents and then returns it to the server.
- The server completes a Proof of Service by first-class mail. This must include the Notice and Acknowledgment of Receipt returned by the party served. The server signs the Proof of Service and returns it to the serving party to file in court.
Service by Notice and Acknowledgment of Receipt is considered complete when the Acknowledgment of Receipt portion of the form is signed by the other party.