This article will provide guidance on How To Serve legal papers in Alaska. Serving court documents to a person who resides in Alaska is typically harder than in other states owing to its remoteness from the rest of the United States. It is critical to understand how these documents may be obtained in Alaska such that no mistakes be made that might derail the early stage of the procedure. Click Here for Frequently Asked Questions About Process Servers!

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These Alaska Process Service scenarios must contain notice of filing by the opposing party, notification of judgments by the court, a chance to file answers, and hearing and trial presentation of material. Each party has to have an opportunity to reply to the charges and to deliver a statement or a rebuttal when authorized by the courts. Every document filed with the court has to include a copy of the opposing party in court issues. Nonetheless, the lawyer may do that on behalf of their client. Click Here for information on What Do Process Servers in Alaska Do!


Process servers must be licensed by the Commissioner of Public Safety in order to carry Alaska Process Service out. A surety bond of USD15,000 must be posted by each process server. The bond applies principally to theft that may arise out of levies and executions. In order to receive a process server’s license, all applicants must pass a written examination. Click here for information on Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure.

In most cases, when a plaintiff and defendant proceed through the courts on a particular topic, the plaintiff may have their lawyer submit paperwork. Certain concerns, such as issuing protection orders on the opposite party, may need or make use of the Alaska Process Service assistance of local police enforcement or state troopers. The opposing party in the claim requires particular notes, an adult representing them if the individual is not of age, and a summons to court when the appearance is essential. Serving these documents must occur after filing with the court and within 120 days after filing, or else the court will close the case. Click here for information on How To Identify A Good Process Service Agency

For other Alaska Process Service, the one that serves may do so just before filing with the court or soon thereafter. A timely serving of the papers is important, so there is ample time to reply to the opposite party. If the individual has a lawyer hired already, the Alaska Process Service should go via the legal representative’s office or address their address. Click here for information on How Rush Process Service Can Expedite Your Case.


After the filing of the complaint, the clerk will instantly produce a summons and give it to the plaintiff or their attorney. The plaintiff’s attorney is responsible for causing the summons and a copy of the complaint to be served in conformity with Alaska Process Service standards. On the demand of the plaintiff, separate or supplementary summonses will be decided to be issued against any defendants. The summons must therefore be signed by the clerk. Additionally, the document should bear the [A.] court’s seal, [B.] the court’s name and the names of the parties, [C.] addressed to the defendant, [D.]  the plaintiff’s attorney’s name and address if any, and [E.] the time within which the defendant is required by such rules to appear and defend.

 It is a primary function of a summons to notify the defendant that in the event the defendant fails to appear and defend, judgment by default will be rendered against them.


All Alaska Process Service is supplied by a peace officer, a person expressly designated by the Commissioner of Public Safety for that purpose, or by registered or certified mail.  

Special appointments for the Alaska Process Service relating to remedies for the seizure of persons or property or for the Alaska Process Service to enforce a judgment by writ of execution are established only by the Commissioner of Public Safety after a comprehensive investigative process of each applicant. This appointment may also be subject to certain conditions as the Commissioner deems necessary for the public’s protection. A person thus designated must enlist the help of a peace officer to complete Alaska Process Service in any instance where the person may face physical resistance or hindrance. Special appointments for the serving of all processes may be arranged where significant savings in travel fees and expenditures arise. 


The summons and complaint should be served jointly. The plaintiff must give the person making Alaska Process Service such copies as are required. The summons and complaint should be served on anyone other than a child or an incompetent person by handing the Alaska Process Service over directly or by leaving them at the person’s residence or usual place of abode with an adult who is suitable in age and discretion, or by handing them over to an agent designated by appointment or by statute with authority to receive them.

Upon a domestic or foreign company, Alaska Process Service is done by giving a copy of the summons and of the complaint to an officer, a managing or general agent, or any other person authorized by nomination or by law to accept Alaska Process Service.   However, when serving process upon a partnership, Alaska Process Service may be done by delivering a copy of the summons and the complaint personally to a member of such partnership, a managing or general agent of the partnership, or to any other agent authorized by appointment or by law to receive Alaska Process Service, or to a person having control of the business of the partnership.

Upon an unincorporated association, Alaska Process Service may be made by supplying a version of the summons and the complaint individually to an officer, a managing or general agent, or any other person authorized by appointment or by law to receive service of process.

It must be known that the court has an ultimate say in how Alaska Process Service can be made and may specify a means of Alaska Process Service not enumerated. This Alaska Process Service is also intended to be honored by the plaintiff and defendants. 

Upon the state of Alaska, Alaska Process Service may be done by sending a copy of the summons and the complaint by registered or certified mail to the Attorney General of Alaska, Juneau, Alaska. Additionally, a copy should be provided to the chief of the attorney general’s office in Anchorage, Alaska, when the matter is filed in the Third Judicial District; or to the chief of the attorney general’s office in Fairbanks, Alaska, when the matter is filed in the Fourth Judicial District.

Suppose Alaska Process Service is levied upon an official or agency of the state. In that case, the requirements of Alaska Process Service need to be fulfilled by serving the State of Alaska and giving a copy of the summons and the complaint to such officer or agency.

What about public corporations? Upon a borough or incorporated city, town, school district, public utility district, or other public corporation in the state, Alaska Process Service may be done by giving a copy of the summons and the complaint to the chief executive officer or chief clerk or secretary.


In all cases where a state official or agency in Alaska has been designated by statute as an agent to receive service for a non-governmental defendant, service of process must be made in the manner prescribed by statute for all such officers and agencies.  Upon a party outside the state, it is observed that process service is done in the same manner as if service were made within the state, except that service is instead conducted by a sheriff, constable, bailiff, peace officer, or other officers with similar authority in the jurisdiction where service is made.

This list is not exhaustive, and Alaska Process Service may also be done by a person specifically appointed by the court to do service. In action to enforce any lien against or claim to, or to remove any encumbrance or lien or cloud upon the title to, real or personal property within the state, such service should also be made upon the person or individuals in custody or charge of such property, if any. 


A party may be served with process by publication or as otherwise ordered by the court if it appears via an affidavit of someone with knowledge of the circumstances submitted with the clerk that Alaska Process Service cannot be conducted. Service by publishing will be authorized in adoption matters only if approved by the court for compelling grounds. 

The party seeking Alaska Process Service, the party’s attorney, or the attorney’s representative may all make inquiries concerning the location of the absent party in a lawsuit. Anyone the inquirer has cause to think has information about the absent party’s home or address or the subject matter under consideration may serve as a witness. The inquirer must say that an action has been or is going to be brought against the party sought and that the inquiry is to give that party notice of the action so that such party may attend and defend it in person or in writing. For every correspondence, a sufficient amount of postage must be included to ensure a prompt response.

Service on Custody Investigator and Guardian Ad Litem must also be done in accordance with procedures. In all instances involving the custody or visitation of a child in which a custody investigator or a guardian ad litem has been appointed, the parties must serve the investigator and the guardian ad litem with any pleadings regarding the care, custody, or control of the minor.

The clerk focuses on assessing each pending case a hundred and twenty days after filing the complaint to determine if all defendants have been served. If any defendant has not been served, the clerk must issue notice to the plaintiff to demonstrate good cause in writing why service on that defendant is not complete. A defendant’s case will be dismissed without prejudice if the court does not receive a showing of good reason within thirty days after the service of the notice. 

The clerk may enter the dismissal if the plaintiff has not challenged dismissal. If the court finds a good reason why service has not been affected, the court must impose a new deadline by which the plaintiff must provide evidence of service or proof that the plaintiff has made serious attempts to serve.


If an individual is being summoned to testify or provide documents, a subpoena must be issued by a clerk who is authorized to do so by the court’s seal. It must also include a specific day, time, and location where you’re supposed to appear. The clerk will issue a signed and sealed but otherwise blank subpoena to a party demanding the appearance of a witness, which the party must complete before serving. The court clerk must issue a sealed subpoena for the production of documentary evidence that specifies a deposition or court session at which the evidence is to be presented.

To create a documentary proof, it must be known that if a subpoena demands that a person produce books, papers, documents, or tangible things, the court can either void or modify the subpoena if it is unreasonable and oppressive.  Additionally, the court can condition denial of the motion on the advancement by the person for whom the subpoena is issued of the reasonable and necessary costs of complying with the subpoena.  An officer of the peace or any other person who is not a party and is at least eighteen years of age may serve a subpoena in a civil case. 

Delivering a copy of the summons to the person mentioned therein and providing the person with the fees for one day’s attendance and the mileage required by rule constitutes service of the summons. Costs and mileage are not required when the subpoena is issued on behalf of the state or an agency of the state. It is also possible to serve a subpoena through registered or certified mail. Subpoenas should only be sent to those who have been subpoenaed, and the clerk should include a warrant or postal money order for the price for one day’s attendance and the distance specified in the rule unless this is not needed. The returned delivery receipt must be addressed to the party seeking the subpoena, or that party’s attorney, so that it may be returned to that party. An affidavit will be required to prove service.

A subpoena may require the person to whom it is directed to produce and authorize inspection and to copy specific books, papers, documents, or physical items that include or contain specific materials. Subpoenaed documents may be inspected or copied only if the person to whom the subpoena is addressed files a written objection within ten days of the serving of the subpoena or within the period stated in the subpoena for compliance if such time is less than ten days after service. Subpoenaed material may only be seen and copied if an order issued by the court from whence the subpoena was issued grants the party serving the subpoena access. Suppose the deponent objects to the subpoena, the party issuing the subpoena may request an order at any point before or during the deposition.


It is permitted for an examination to take place at any location within the judicial district where the deposition is taking place unless otherwise directed by the court. However, unless otherwise directed by the court, any nonresident summoned to appear in the judicial district for a deposition must attend at any location served with a subpoena; this includes nonresidents of the state summoned to appear in their home state.

It is up to the clerk of court for the judicial district in which the case is being litigated to issue subpoenas for witnesses to appear at the hearing or trial. Anywhere in the state may issue a subpoena demanding a witness’ presence at a hearing or trial.

When someone refuses to comply with a subpoena delivered to them without good reason, that person may be held in contempt of court.


Issuing an out-of-state subpoena pursuant to the Uniform Interstate Deposition and Discovery Act (UIDDA) Alaska, the clerk of the court in the county where discovery is to be performed in this state must be presented with a foreign subpoena before it may be requested that a subpoena be issued under this section. Subpoenas issued under this law do not obligate a person to appear in court in Alaska.

Second, the clerk of a court in this state must swiftly issue a summons to the person to whom the international subpoena is sent, in line with that court’s process.

A subpoena issued for a foreign defendant must include: [A.]   the terminology appropriate for the subpoena from abroad; and [B.]  part of the subpoena, it must include or be accompanied with the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all counsel of record and of any party that is not represented by counsel.


Documents can be faxed at (800) 296-0115, emailed, mailed, or dropped off at any of our locations. We do require pre-payment and accept all major credit and debit cards. Once payment is processed, your sales receipt is immediately emailed for your records.

Drop-offs must call and make an appointment first to be added to building security to permit access to our office. Documents for service must be in a sealed envelope with payment in the form of a money order or attorney check (WE DO NOT ACCEPT CASH) payable to UNDISPUTED LEGAL INC.; All documents are received by our receptionist.


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1. The Federal Law on this subject is covered in Title 18 U.S.C. § 1501, which provides in the relevant part:

Assault on Process Server

Whoever knowingly and willingly obstructs, resists, or opposes any officer of the United States, or other people duly authorized, in serving, or attempting to serve or execute, any legal or judicial writ or process of any court of the United States…shall, except as otherwise provided by law, be fined not more than $300 or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

2. [Alaska Administrative Code, Title 13, section 067.5 thru 067.100]

3. If the opposing individual has a lawyer, they should not receive the documents personally. In this situation, the summons may be issued to the defendant’s home address if they are defending the case without the assistance of an attorney.

4. Or the plaintiff’s address

5. The term “peace officer” as used in these rules shall include any officer of the state police, members of the police force of any incorporated city, village, or borough, United States Marshals and their deputies, and other officers whose duty is to enforce and preserve the public peace, and within the authority conferred upon them, persons specially appointed pursuant to paragraph (3) of this subdivision.

6. Without requiring a special appointment, a subpoena may indeed be served in accordance with Rule 45.

7. Infants. Upon an infant, by delivering a copy of the summons and complaint to such infant personally, and also to the infant’s father, mother, or guardian, or if there be none within the state, then to any person having the care or control of such infant, or with whom the infant resides, or in whose service the infant is employed; or if any service cannot be made upon any of them, then as provided by order of the court.

(3) Incompetent Persons. Upon an incompetent person, by delivering a copy of the summons and complaint personally – [a] To the guardian of the 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 to the director or chief executive officer of the institution, or if service cannot be made upon any of them, then as provided by order of the court; and [b] Unless the court otherwise orders, also to the incompetent.

8. Covered by Rule 26(b).

9. Enforcement of subpoenas issued by any officer or agency of the state may be obtained via proceedings initiated in the court in accordance with state Administrative Procedures Act procedures.


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