Your "Signed Proof" can be downloaded from your secure account as soon as it's available.
What is proof of service?
Proof of service, also known as a declaration of service, affidavit of service (when notarized), or return of service, is a sworn statement from a process server attesting to where, when, and upon whom, service was effected.
To complete service of process and move on to the next part of the legal process, proof of service must be filed with the court.
Where can I see the proof of service?
A signed copy of the proof of service is available on the "Case Details" page associated with the case. You can get to the proof of service, once it is signed by:
- Clicking on the blue "Proofs" button on the "Status Overview"
- Clicking on the "Signed Proof" link in the "Key Events"
- Navigating to the "Documents" tab next to "Support" and "Invoices"
Please note: a preview of the proof labeled as "Pending" will be available on the account before the signed copy is final, as a preview. Once the signed copy is ready, the "Signed Proof" will be visible in "Documents".
When do I get my proof of service?
Proof of service is available as a PDF in your account as soon as it's ready.
First, you get an unsigned preview of the proof labeled as "Pending". When the signed copy is available, you should receive an alert by email, SMS*, or notification (unless you have changed your notification preferences).
The signed proof can then be downloaded from your secure account and submitted to the court, as applicable.
*SMS updates are only available for select accounts at this time.
What if I need to file a physical proof with the court?
If your case is at a court that requires the physical copy, sometimes called a "wet ink original", the proof of service will be mailed to you. The process server should send it within a few days of signing the proof.
What if I need to file a notarized proof with the court?
If the proof must be notarized, it may take additional time for a process server to take the document in and sign it in front of a notary. You may have to wait an additional two weeks to receive notarized proofs.
Please note: we notarize based on court requirements. If your court does not require a notarized proof, we will not notarize it by default. If you would like a notarized proof and your court does not require it, please let us know to tell the process server of this requirement as soon as possible to minimize any potential delays.
In the meantime, updates will be available in your account at every step.
Why isn't the proof signed?
You may see a "Pending" document in your account.
We upload an initial copy of the proof to your account as soon as it's been prepared so that you can see the details. This copy of the proof will be labeled as "Pending" in your account.
Once a signed copy of the proof is ready, that will be added to your account.