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Does My State Require the Proof of Service to be Notarized? | Private Process Server

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Does my Proof of Service need to be Notarized?

As a process server, navigating the legal requirements for serving documents across different states can be challenging. Among these requirements, whether or not a Proof of Service needs to be notarized is a crucial detail that varies from one jurisdiction to another. To help you quickly identify what each state mandates, we’ve compiled an alphabetical list detailing if a state requires notarization of a proof of service.

States REQUIRING Notarized Proof of Service

For process servers operating in the following states, remember that completing a notarization of your proof of service is a necessary step to validate the document legally.

- Arkansas - Requires notarization

- Florida - Requires notarization on documents served outside the state.

- Georgia - Requires notarization

- Iowa - Requires notarization

- Mississippi - Requires notarization

- Missouri - Requires notarization

- New Jersey - Requires notarization

- North Carolina - Requires notarization

- South Carolina - Requires notarization

- Tennessee - Requires notarization

- Virginia - Requires notarization

- West Virginia - Requires notarization

- Wisconsin - Requires notarization

States Where Notarization Is NOT REQUIRED

In contrast, the following states do not require the notarization of a proof of service. This can streamline the process serving procedure, but always ensure compliance with any other specific state mandates.

- Alabama

- Alaska

- Arizona

- California

- Colorado

- Connecticut

- Delaware

- Florida

- Hawaii

- Idaho

- Illinois

- Indiana

- Kansas

- Louisiana

- Maine

- Maryland

- Massachusetts

- Michigan

- Minnesota

- Montana

- Nevada

- New Hampshire

- New Mexico

- New York

- North Dakota

- Ohio

- Oklahoma

- Oregon

- Pennsylvania

- Rhode Island

- South Dakota

- Texas

- Utah

- Vermont

- Washington

- Wyoming

Note: These states may require a signed Unsworn Declaration or "Penalty of Purjury" statement.

For Example:

"I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature)".

Tips for Process Servers

- Stay Informed: Always verify the latest rules and regulations directly from the state’s judiciary or legal resources, as laws may change.

- Documentation: Keep detailed records of your service process, even in states where notarization isn’t required. Documentation can prove invaluable in cases of disputed service.

- Professionalism: Regardless of the state you are serving in, maintaining a high level of professionalism and adherence to ethical standards is paramount.

- Education: Consider attending seminars, workshops, and other educational resources available to process servers. Continuous learning will help you stay on top of best practices and legal requirements.


While this guide provides a quick reference to the notarization requirements for proof of service across various states, it's crucial to remember that legal procedures can evolve. We advise all process servers to verify these details against their local state's civil procedures to ensure compliance and accuracy in their operations.

If you find any discrepancies or outdated information in this guide, please don't hesitate to point them out in the comments section below. Your input is invaluable in keeping this resource accurate and useful for our community.

For further clarification or if you have specific questions, feel free to reach out directly. You can contact me, Brandon LaVan, at At Southwest Louisiana Process Service, we're here to assist and ensure your process serving needs are met with professionalism and accuracy.

Thank you for your dedication and commitment to upholding the standards of our profession. Together, we can navigate the complexities of legal procedures effectively.


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(Updated: March 25, 2024)


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