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Become a South Dakota Process Server

Requirements to Become a Process Server in South Dakota

  • Process servers in the state of South Dakota are not required to be licensed.
  • Anyone over the age of eighteen (18) years old, who is not a party to the case, is legally able to serve papers in the state of South Dakota.
  • The summons may be served by the sheriff or a constable of the county or other comparable political subdivision where the defendant may be found, or in the District of Columbia by the United States marshal or a deputy, or by any other person not a party to the action who at the time of making such service is an elector of any state. If the defendant to be served is an Indian residing in Indian country, the summons may be served by a person not a party to the action who at the time of making such service is an elector of any state. The service shall be made and the summons returned with proof of the service, with all reasonable diligence, to the plaintiff’s attorney, if any, otherwise to the plaintiff. The plaintiff or the plaintiff’s attorney may by endorsement on the summons fix a time for the service thereof, and the service shall be made accordingly.

NOTE: The requirements to become a process server change from time to time. You should contact your local county clerk or recorder to make sure the following information regarding becoming a process server in your state is still accurate.

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