Does Washington DC require process servers to be licensed?
No. Visit ServeNow.com’s Washington DC Become a Process Server page for more information.
Who can be a process server in Washington DC?
Any adult over the age of eighteen (18) years old, that is not a party to the case, or a member of a corporation or organization that is a party, may serve (deliver) the papers.
FROM TITLE VI. GENERAL PROVISIONS
Rule 25. Filing and Service.
(A) In general. Filing may be accomplished by mail addressed to the Clerk, but filing is not timely unless the Clerk receives the papers within the time fixed for filing.
(B) Inmate filing. A paper filed by an inmate confined in an institution is timely if deposited in the institution’s internal mailing system on or before the last day for filing. If an institution has a system designed for legal mail, the inmate must use that system to receive the benefit of this rule. Timely filing may be shown by a declaration in compliance with 28 U.S.C. § 1746 or by a notarized statement, either of which must set forth the date of deposit and state that first-class postage has been prepaid.
(b) Service of All Papers Required.
Unless a rule requires service by the Clerk, a party must, at or before the time of filing a paper, serve a copy on the other parties to the appeal or review. Service on a party represented by counsel must be made on the party’s counsel.
(c) Manner of Service.
A. personal, including delivery to a responsible person at the office of counsel;
B. by mail;
C. by third-party commercial carrier for delivery within 3 calendar days; or
D. by electronic means, if the party being served consents in writing.
(d) Proof of Service.
A. an acknowledgment of service by the person served; or
B. proof of service consisting of a statement by the person who made service certifying: i. the date and manner of service; ii. the names of the persons served; and iii. the mail or electronic address, facsimile numbers, or addresses of the places of delivery, as appropriate for the manner of service.
(e) Non-acceptance of Papers by Clerk.
If any paper is not accepted by the Clerk for filing, the Clerk must promptly notify the persons named in the certificate of service.
Rule 31. Serving and Filing Briefs.
(a) Time to Serve and File a Brief.
(b) Number of Copies.
An original and 3 copies of each brief must be filed with the Clerk, but if the case is to be heard en banc, then an original and 9 copies of each brief must be filed. A copy of each brief must be served on counsel for each separately represented party, as well as on each unrepresented party. By order in a particular case, the court may require the filing or service of a different number of copies.
(c) Consequence of Failure to File.
If an appellant fails to file a brief within the time provided by this rule, or within the time as extended, an appellee may move to dismiss the appeal. A party who fails to file a brief will not be heard at oral argument unless the court grants permission.