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HOW TO SERVE A SUMMONS IN A CIVIL LAWSUIT

Do NOT use these instructions in Small Claims or Eviction Cases.

FEBRUARY 2009

ALASKA COURT SYSTEM

CIV-106 (2/09) HOW TO SERVE A SUMMONS

Contents

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Personal Service By Process Server Service By Certified Mail Service By Publication Civil Rule 4(f) Affidavit What If?

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Appendices: A. B. Who Must Be Served How To Address The Summons 14 18

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WHAT IS A SUMMONS?
A summons is a court order that notifies a defendant that a lawsuit has been filed against him or her and that the defendant must file an answer within a specified number of days. The procedure for issuing and serving a summons is governed by Civil Rule 4. When a lawsuit is filed, the clerk of court must issue a summons to each defendant named in the complaint. The plaintiff must then have each defendant "served" with the summons and a copy of the complaint. The defendants must be served within 120 days from the date the complaint is filed. 1 The plaintiff is also required to file a Civil Rule 4(f) Affidavit identifying the parties who have been served and any parties who have not been served. Both plaintiffs and defendants must keep the court and all other parties informed of any changes in their mailing addresses and telephone numbers. "Served" means to have these documents given to the defendant by a process server, certified mail or in another way allowed by Civil Rule 4. These methods of services are explained below. See page 13 for information about how to serve a defendant who is outside this state.

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PERSONAL SERVICE BY PROCESS SERVER
A "process server" is a person licensed by the State of Alaska to serve "process". "Process" means court orders such as summonses, writs of execution, and other types of documents required to be served by personal service. If you want to use a process server, you must: a. Choose a process server. The court clerk will have a list of process servers in your area. You can also find a list of licensed process servers on the following Alaska State Trooper website: click on www.dps.state.ak.us/Statewide/PermitsLicensing/ then "Civilian Process Server List." Many parts of the state do not have process servers. In those areas, "process" is served by peace officers (usually by State Troopers). If the process server is not in your community, you must give the court an envelope addressed to the process server with sufficient postage so the clerk can mail the documents to the process server.

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Civil Rule 4(f)

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b.

Contact the process server to determine the service fee. Pay the fee directly to the process server unless the process server is not in your community. In that case, make your check payable to the process server but give it to the clerk to mail with the summons. Fees are set by the individual process server. However, the maximum amount you may recover as costs from the defendant is governed by Administrative Rule 11. The current amount recoverable is $45.00 for each person on whom service is made plus a minimum of $20.00 for the first 25 miles or portion thereof traveled. Additional amounts may be recovered for extra mileage or extra time spent serving the documents.

c.

Fill out Service Instructions. Use either the process server's form or court form CIV-615, Service Instructions. Explain in the Service Instructions what papers are to be served and where they are to be served. Give the process server the following: Service Instructions (1) (2) The service fee (3) The summons (4) A copy of the complaint Proof of Service. When service is completed, the process server must give you proof of service. This proof is called a "Return of Service." 2 It is a notarized document that states who was served with the summons and complaint and when and how they were served. If you have any questions about the service, contact your process server. IMPORTANT: You do not need to file the Return of Service with the court at this time. Be sure to keep this document safe because you will need to file it with the court if the defendant does not respond to the summons.

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e.

f.

Once service is completed, read Section 4 on page 11 for instructions on how to prepare the required Civil Rule 4(f) Affidavit.

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SERVICE BY CERTIFIED MAIL 3
Service by certified mail must be restricted delivery to the "Addressee Only" and "Return Receipt Requested." If you want to use certified mail, you must: a. Prepare Envelope. See example on page 4 . (1) Address the envelope to the defendant. (2) Put your return address in the upper left corner. (3) Put sufficient postage on the envelope to mail it by certified mail, restricted delivery, return receipt requested. b. Prepare Certified Mail Postal Forms. See examples on pages 4 and 5 . (1) Fill out a Certified Mail Receipt. Be sure to include the total postage amount. (2) Attach the sticker portion next to the return address at the top of the envelope. Leave the bottom "receipt" attached when you take it to the Post Office. The post office clerk will give you the receipt. Keep the receipt for your records. (3) Beneath the certified mail sticker on the envelope, write "Return Receipt Requested, Restricted Delivery." (4) Fill out a green postal receipt card. Front: Fill in your name and address so the card will be returned to you. Write the case number in the lower left corner. Back: In the "Article Addressed To" box, fill in the name and address of the defendant, write "Restricted Delivery," and write the total amount of postage and fees. In the "Article Number" box, write the certified mail number. In the "Service Type" box, check "Certified Mail." In the "Restricted Delivery" box, check "yes." (5) Attach the green card to the front of the envelope or on the back if space does not permit it to be attached to the front. c. Proof of Service The green postal card will be returned to you when the defendant has been served. IMPORTANT: You do not need to file the green postal card with the court at this time. Be sure to keep this document safe because you will need to file it with the court if the defendant does not respond to the summons. d. Once service is completed, read Section 4 on page 11 for instructions on how to prepare the required Civil Rule 4(f) Affidavit.

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3.

SERVICE BY PUBLICATION
You can ask the court for permission to serve the defendant by publication if you are unable to locate the defendant. Before asking the court for permission to serve the defendant by publication, you must show what attempts you have made to locate the defendant. You are expected to exhaust all reasonable attempts to locate the defendant. Examples of attempts you should make to locate the defendant include, but are not limited to, the following: · · · · · · · · Attempt service by process server or certified mail if you know defendant's last known address or workplace. Contact any known relatives or friends of defendant. Contact defendant's employer or last known employer. Check phone directories and city directories in all cities where you think defendant may live. Contact the municipal (city) tax department in all cities where you think defendant may live. Call telephone information and utility companies in all cities where you think defendant may live. Contact the state motor vehicle registrar in Alaska and any other state where you think defendant may live. Send a letter of inquiry to any person who you believe possesses knowledge or information as to defendant's whereabouts. You must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the person to use to respond. Contact the military locator service if you think the defendant is in the military: By phone: Air Force: (210) 565-2660 Marines: (703) 784-3941 Navy: (901) 874-3388 On the web: https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/scra/owa/home · Check the Internet. There are search engines as well as businesses available on the Internet that may be able to assist you in locating people throughout the United States. Also, you can access phone directories for most cities in the United States through the Internet. Your local library may be able to help you with this. If you believe the defendant may be in a state jail facility in Alaska, you can contact the chief classification officer of the Department of Corrections to find out where the defendant is being held. Phone number of chief classification officer (Anchorage): (907) 269-7425. 6

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Once you have exhausted all reasonable attempts to locate the defendant, you can ask for service by publication by doing the following: a. Complete and file the following documents with the court: (1) Request to Serve Defendant by Publication and Affidavit of Diligent Inquiry. (See sample on pages 8-10 . There is no court form for this.) In your Affidavit, you must list every attempt you made to locate the defendant. (2) (3) Notice to Absent Defendant (form CIV-101) If you attempted to have defendant served by process server or by certified mail, attach copies of the Return of Service or green postal card.

b.

If the court finds your attempts sufficient, the clerk will be directed to sign the Notice to Absent Defendant. The original Notice will be returned to you. Arrange to have the Notice published four times during four consecutive calendar weeks, once in each week, in a newspaper published in the judicial district in which the action is pending. If there is no newspaper published in your district, you may have the Notice published in an Alaska newspaper that circulates in your district. If you have reason to believe the defendant is in another district, you can ask the judge to allow you to publish the notice in the district where you believe the defendant is living. 4 If you have questions about what newspaper is acceptable, contact your local clerk's office. If you have not yet attempted service by certified mail, then before the last date of publication, you must send a copy of the Notice and the complaint by registered or certified mail to the defendant at defendant's last known residence or workplace. However, if you are unable to ascertain the defendant's last known mailing address, you must submit an affidavit to that affect. See Civil Rule 4(e)(2). Immediately file an Affidavit with the court showing that you have attempted service by registered or certified mail. After the Notice to Absent Defendant has been published the last time, the newspaper will give you a document called "Proof of Publication." (Civil Rule 4(e)(5) describes what the Proof of Publication must include.) Immediately file this Proof of Publication with the court. Once service is completed, read Section 4 on page 11 for instructions on how to prepare the required Civil Rule 4(f) Affidavit.

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d.

e.

f.

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IN THE DISTRICT/SUPERIOR COURT FOR THE STATE OF ALASKA AT __________________________

) ) ) Plaintiff(s), ) vs. ) ) ) ) ) Defendant(s). ) ____________________________________)

CASE NO.

CI

REQUEST TO SERVE DEFENDANT BY PUBLICATION AND AFFIDAVIT OF DILIGENT INQUIRY REQUEST

by I request the court's permission to serve defendant publication under Civil Rule 4(e): (Name) in the district where the action is pending in a newspaper published in Alaska that circulates in this district because there is no newspaper published in this district in the following location(s) where I have reason to believe the defendant may live or has recently lived: AFFIDAVIT I state the following upon oath or upon affirmation under penalty of perjury: 1. Attempts to Serve Defendant. Attempts to serve the defendant with the summons and complaint were made in the following manner: Personal service by a process server that was returned unserved because (attach return):

Certified mail, restricted delivery, return receipt requested, sent by on ____________________________, to defendant's last known address: ____________________________________________________________, which was returned unserved because (attach envelope):

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2.

Attempts to Locate Defendant. In addition to the above, in order to fulfill my obligation to diligently inquire as to the defendant's whereabouts and to serve the summons on the defendant, I did the following: I wrote to and/or questioned defendant's friends, family and employers. Person Contacted Results

I checked telephone directories and city directories and called telephone information and utility companies as follows: Directories/Companies Contacted Results

I inquired of motor vehicle registrars at: with the following results: I believe the defendant may be in the U.S. Army Air Force Navy Marines Coast Guard Air National Guard. I contacted the locator service for that branch. Result:

I searched the Internet as follows:

I sent the summons to the defendant on __________________ by first class mail (not certified) at the following address: Result:
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Other:

After completing all the inquiries listed above, I do not know the whereabouts of the defendant, and I do not know of any other sources of information through which I can learn the whereabouts of the defendant.

Date

Signature of Plaintiff

Subscribed and sworn to or affirmed before me at _____________________________, Alaska on ________________________. (date) (SEAL) Clerk of Court, Notary Public, or other person authorized to administer oaths/ My commission expires:

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CIVIL RULE 4(F) AFFIDAVIT
Within 120 days after you file your complaint, you must file an affidavit identifying the defendants who have been served, the date service was made and any defendants who remain unserved. Use form CIV-135, Civil Rule 4(f) Affidavit (see page 12 ). If you do not file this affidavit or if your affidavit states that you were unable to serve one of the defendants, the clerk will send you a notice of intent to dismiss the case as to the defendants not served. You will then have 30 days in which to either a. b. file a Civil Rule 4(f) Affidavit showing that all defendants have been served; or file a response explaining why you were unable to serve the defendants and asking for additional time to attempt service.

If you do not respond to the clerk's notice or if the court does not grant you more time to serve the defendant, the case will be dismissed without prejudice 5 as to those defendants who were not served.

5 A case dismissed "without prejudice" means that the case may be refiled. CIV-106 (2/09) HOW TO SERVE A SUMMONS

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IN THE DISTRICT/SUPERIOR COURT FOR THE STATE OF ALASKA AT _________________________ ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) )

Plaintiff, vs.

CASE NO. CIVIL RULE 4(f) AFFIDAVIT

CI

Defendant.

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that the facts set out below are true to the best of my personal knowledge: 1. 2. 3. I am the plaintiff. attorney of record for the plaintiff. .

I filed the complaint in this case on A copy of the summons and complaint were served on the defendants as follows: Name of Defendant Method of Service Date of Service

4.

No defendant remains unserved. The following defendants remain unserved: Name of Defendant

Date

Signature of Plaintiff or Plaintiff's Attorney Print Name

Subscribed and sworn to or affirmed before me at on . (SEAL)

, Alaska

Clerk of Court, Notary Public, or other person authorized to administer oaths. My commission expires

CIV-135 (12/00)(cs) CIVIL RULE 4(f) AFFIDAVIT

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WHAT IF?
a. What if service is unsuccessful? Answer: If you are unable to serve the defendant by process server or by certified mail, see Section 3 on page 6 on Service by Publication. This type of service can be used if you are unable to locate the defendant or unable to serve the defendant through regular process. b. What if defendant is out of state? Answer: A defendant may be served outside the state of Alaska by either: · · Certified mail, return receipt requested (see Section 2), or Personal service by process server (see Section 1). However, this type of service must be made by a peace officer or a licensed process server in that state. 6 To locate a peace officer or process server in another state, contact your local troopers or call the troopers' Judicial Services office in Anchorage at (907) 264-0699.

In addition, if the law suit involves title to or a lien on real or personal property within Alaska, service must also be made upon the person or persons in possession or in charge of such property. 7 c. What if defendant is outside the United States? Answer: Serving a person outside the United States can be difficult. You may wish to contact an attorney for help. You may serve a defendant outside the United States by following Civil Rule 4(d)(13). Information about the process is available at: (1) (2) d. the websites listed in the "Note to SCO 1570" following Civil Rule 4 in the Alaska Rules of Court, or on the following page of the court's Self-Help Center website: www.state.ak.us/courts/shcinternat.htm

What if you do not know where the defendant is? Answer: See Section 3 on page 6 on Service by Publication. This type of service can be used if you are unable to locate the defendant.

6 Civil Rule 4(d)(12). 7 Civil Rule 4(d)(12). CIV-106 (2/09) HOW TO SERVE A SUMMONS

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APPENDIX A Who Must Be Served?
IF DEFENDANT IS: Adult Individual Civil Rule 4(d)(1) Minor (Under Age 18) WHO MUST BE SERVED: The individual. Both of the following: 1. The minor, and 2. The minor's father, mother or legal guardian must also be served with the summons. NOTE: The minor must be personally served by a process server. Civil Rule 4(h). See page 18 on how to address the summons. Both of the following: 1. The incompetent person. (Must be personally served by a process server. Civil Rule 4(h).) AND one of the following: 2. The guardian of the incompetent person or a competent adult member of the person's family with whom the person resides or if the person is living in an institution, then the director or chief executive officer of the institution. A copy of any written order appointing the guardian or representative must be filed with the court. See page 18 on how to address the summons. The owner of the business.

Civil Rule 4(d)(2) Incompetent Person

Civil Rule 4(d)(3) A Business that is Not a Corporation or a Partnership

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IF DEFENDANT IS: A Domestic or Foreign Corporation

WHO MUST BE SERVED: One of the following: 1. The registered agent. 8 2. An officer of the corporation. 8 3. A managing or general agent of the corporation. 4. Any other agent authorized by appointment or by law to receive service of process. 9 See pages 18-19 about how to serve the Commissioner of DCED if there is no registered agent. One of the following: 1. The registered agent. 2. A managing member. 3. A managing or general agent of the limited liability company. 4. Any other agent authorized by appointment or by law to receive service of process. One of the following: 1. One of the partners. 2. A general agent of the partnership. 3. A person having control of the business of the partnership. 4. Any other agent authorized by appointment or by law to receive service of process. One of the following: 1. An officer of the association. 2. A managing or general agent. 3. Any other person authorized by appointment or by law to receive service of process.

Civil Rule 4(d)(4) and AS 10.06.175 Limited Liability Company

Civil Rule 4(d)(4) and AS 10.50.065 Partnership

Civil Rule 4(d)(5) Unincorporated Association

Civil Rule 4(d)(6)

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To find out if a business is a corporation and the name and address of the registered agent and officers, contact the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, P.O. Box 110808, Juneau, AK 99811-0808. Juneau phone: (907) 4652530. You can also look up this information on the Internet at the following web site: http://myalaska.state.ak.us/business/. Read the instructions for searching the Corporations Database.

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IF DEFENDANT IS: State of Alaska

WHO MUST BE SERVED: Summons must be sent by certified mail to the Attorney General of Alaska at Juneau, Alaska. If the case is filed in the Third Judicial District, a copy of the summons must also be sent by certified mail to the Chief of the Attorney General's Office in Anchorage. If the case is filed in the Fourth Judicial District, a copy of the summons must also be sent by certified mail to the Chief of the Attorney General's Office in Fairbanks. Both of the following: 1. The State of Alaska as explained above. 2. To the officer or agency of the State.

Civil Rule 4(d)((7) Officer or Agency of the State

Civil Rule 4(d)(8) City, Borough, Town, School District, Public Utility District or other Public Corporation Civil Rule 4(d)(9) A Prisoner (in custody of Alaska Commissioner of Corrections)

If the agency is a corporation, see the corporations section above for who to serve. To one of the following officials: 1. Chief executive officer. 2. Chief clerk or secretary.

AS 09.05.050

The jail shift supervisor. Address the summons to the defendant and fill out the top half (through paragraph c) of CIV-140, Affidavit of Proof of Service at Jail Facility. Mail (1) the summons, (2) a copy of the complaint, (3) form CIV-140 and (4) a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the jail shift supervisor at the jail where the defendant is being held. (You can mail these items to the jail by first class mail. They do not need to be served by process server or by certified mail.) The shift supervisor will personally deliver the documents to the defendant, complete the bottom half of CIV-140 and return the form to you.

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IF DEFENDANT IS: A Deceased Person

WHO MUST BE SERVED: The court-appointed personal representative for the estate. NOTE: The personal representative must be named as the defendant on the complaint and the summons. Example:

AS 13.16.350(c) AS 13.16.020 Owner/Operator of Motor Vehicle Who Is Not in Alaska

MARY SMITH, Personal Representative of The Estate of JOHN SMITH, Deceased. Commissioner of the Department of Administration.

about how to address the See pages 19-20 summons. (These are claims resulting from a motor vehicle accident Within 10 days after serving the Commissioner, you in Alaska where the defendant must also send to the defendant, by certified mail, a was the owner or operator of copy of the summons and complaint and a notice the motor vehicle and is out of about the service on the Commissioner.
the state.)

AS 09.05.020 - .040 Contractor's Bond Contact the Division of Occupational Licensing in Juneau (465-2534) to find out if the bond is a surety bond or a cash deposit, CD or savings account in lieu of bond. 10 Surety Bond. Send two copies of the summons and complaint and a check for $25 by certified mail to: Dept. of Commerce, Community & Economic Dev. Director, Division of Insurance PO Box 110805 Juneau, AK 99811-0805 Send a third copy of the summons and complaint by certified mail to: Dept. of Commerce, Community & Economic Dev. Division of Professional Licensing PO Box 110806 Juneau AK 99811-0806 Cash Deposit (or CD or Savings Account). Send one copy of the summons and complaint by certified mail to: Dept. of Commerce, Community & Economic Dev. Director, Division of Professional Licensing PO Box 110806 Juneau, AK 99811-0806

AS 08.18.071 - .081 12 AAC 21.120 - .140

10 The Division of Professional Licensing can provide you with additional information about your contractor's bond and about the procedures you must follow to make a claim against the bond. CIV-106 (2/09) HOW TO SERVE A SUMMONS

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APPENDIX B How to Address the Summons
You must fill out a separate summons for each defendant. a. b. Adult Person. Write the person's name on the "To Defendant" line. Minor. List both the minor and the minor's father or mother or legal guardian on the "To Defendant" line. This summons must be served on both the minor and the parent/guardian.
Example:

To Defendant: SEAN SMITH, a minor, through his parent HENRY SMITH. If you are also suing the minor's parent/guardian, a separate summons must also be sent to that person. To Defendant: HENRY SMITH, Individually. c. Incompetent Person. List both the incompetent person and the person's representative on the "To Defendant" line. This summons must be served on both the incompetent person and the representative.
Example: Example:

To Defendant: JANE ADAMS, an incompetent person, through her representative, MARY KING If you are also suing the representative, a separate summons must also be sent to that person.
Example:

To Defendant: MARY KING, Individually. d. Business Not a Corporation or Partnership. Address the summons to the owner of the business. To Defendant: JOHN J. MILLER, Owner, John's Record Shop e. Corporation or Limited Liability Company. Address the summons to the registered agent of the corporation or limited liability company, or an officer of the corporation or the managing member of a limited liability company. See page 15 . To Defendant: TOM JONES, Registered Agent for World Fish Cannery, Inc.
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Example: Example:

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Example:

To Defendant: ROBERT ADAMS, Registered Agent for Blackstone Investments, LLC.

If the corporation or limited liability company does not have a registered agent or if the registered agent cannot be found at the registered office, the summons can be served on the Commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development as follows:11 Step 1 ­ Serve the Commissioner. The complaint must list only the corporation or the limited liability company as the defendant, but the summons must be addressed to both the corporation or the limited liability company and the Commissioner.
Example:

To Defendant: ACME GRAVEL, INC., a corporation with no registered agent, through the Commissioner for the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development.

Example:

To Defendant: BLACKSTONE INVESTMENTS, LLC, a limited liability company with no registered agent, through the Commissioner for the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. You must send a $25 check or money order (payable to the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development) along with the summons and complaint. 12 Step 2 ­ Mail Notice to Corporation or Limited Liability Company. Also send to the defendant, via certified mail, a copy of the summons and complaint and a notice that explains to defendant that service is being made on the Commissioner as authorized by statute. Mail these items to the corporation or the limited liability company at both (a) the address of the last registered office of the corporation or limited liability company; and (b) the address you believe is most likely to result in actual notice. Step 3 ­ File Proof with Court. Then file an affidavit with the court affirming that you have complied with the requirements of AS 10.06.175 for corporations or AS 10.50.065 for limited liability companies. f. Partnership. Address the summons to a partner or agent. See page 15 .
Example:

To Defendant: MIKE MILLER, Partner, Century Apartment Properties.

11 AS 10.06.175 (corporations) or AS 10.05.065 (limited liability companies) 12 3 AAC 16.090 (Alaska Administrative Code) CIV-106 (2/09) HOW TO SERVE A SUMMONS

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g.

Unincorporated Association. Address the summons to an officer or agent. See page 15.
Example:

To Defendant: BOB BLACK, President, Blue Ridge Condominium Association. h. Owner/Operator of Motor Vehicle Who is Not in Alaska. If your lawsuit involves a motor vehicle accident in Alaska and the defendant is the owner or operator of the vehicle and if the defendant is now outside Alaska, Alaska Statutes 09.05.020 - .040 describe how to serve the defendant. Step 1 - Serve the Commissioner. The complaint must list the owner/operator's name as defendant, but the summons must be addressed to both the defendant and the Commissioner of the Department of Administration.
Example:

To Defendant: JACK E. SMITH, operator of motor vehicle and not in Alaska, through the Commissioner of Administration. Step 2 ­ Mail Notice to Defendant. Within 10 days after the date of service on the Commissioner, send to the defendant, by certified mail, a copy of the summons and complaint and a notice that explains to defendant that service is being made on the Commissioner as authorized by statute. If the defendant is outside the United States, refer to Section 5 c. on page 13 of this booklet for more information. Step 3 ­ File Proof with Court. Then file an affidavit with the court describing the service and attaching copies of the documents and the post office receipt. See AS 09.05.020(d). i. Contractor's Bond. In the caption of the summons and complaint, the bond must be listed as the defendant. The "name" to use for the bond is the name of the surety (insurance company) or bank plus the number of the bond or CD (certificate of deposit) or savings account. Also include in the caption (after the bond number) the name of the contractor for whom the bond was issued and the contractor's license number. 13 Address the summons as follows: (1) Surety Bond. To Defendant: Acme Insurance Co., Bond No. 123456 (written for Bob's Builders, Contractor License # xxx) through the Director of the Division of Insurance.
Example:

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(2)

CD or Savings Passbook. To Defendant: First Bank of Alaska, CD No. 123456 (filed in lieu of bond by Bob's Builders, Contractor License #xxx) through the Director of the Division of Professional Licensing.
Example:

(3)

Cash Deposit.
Example:

To Defendant: State Trust Account, Receipt No. 123456 (deposited in lieu of bond by Bob's Builders, Contractor License # xxx) through the Director of the Division of Professional Licensing.

NOTE: If you are suing the contractor as well as the bond, your complaint must list both the contractor and the bond as defendants, and you must serve both the contractor and the bond with separate summonses.

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