This article will guide What Do Process Servers in Idaho Do? Process service in Idaho, sometimes known as ‘service of process,’ refers to the judicial or quasi-judicial act of conveying formal notice of a lawsuit to a party (such as a defendant), court, or administrative body with jurisdiction over the person served. A process server is tasked with delivering legal papers (known as ‘process’) to the recipient to provide notice. Click Here for Frequently Asked Questions About Process Servers!

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The plaintiff may submit a summons to the clerk for signing and sealing when filing the complaint or at any time afterward. The clerk must sign and seal the summons before it may be sent to the plaintiff for service on the defendant. It is impossible to serve a defendant without issuing a summons or a copy of a summons that names several defendants. Click here for information on How Rush Process Service Can Expedite Your Case.


Documents may be served by any law enforcement agency or any non-party adult over eighteen (18). Legal papers should be served upon a witness by delivering a copy thereof and tendering or offering to tender to the witness if demanded, as well as the fees for one (1) day’s attendance and the mileage allowed by law.  If served by an officer, the return of the document should come with the officer’s certificate of service. If served by anyone else, please return with an affidavit of service. Click here for information on How Service of Process Ensures A Solid Foundation.

It should be known that service of process is not required solely by an officer. Any individual who is above the age of eighteen and is disinterested in the case may be allowed to serve process to the defendant. However,  the case will be thrown out if the defendant is not served with a summons within six (6)months of filing the complaint. Click here for information on How Process Servers Protect Your Rights: Myths Debunked.

Only seasoned process servers in Idaho who adhere to the most recent license, education, and bonding standards established by their jurisdiction may serve legal papers in court in Idaho. We at Undisputed Legal, Inc. make it our business to track down elusive defendants and witnesses so that we may serve them with legal documents.  Click here for information on How To Overcome Language Barriers in Process Service 

In Idaho, a party (such as a defendant), the court, or the administrative body having jurisdiction over the person being served must be formally notified of a lawsuit by a process service, often known as ‘service of process.’ Legal documents (called ‘process’) are delivered by Process Servers in Idaho responsible for serving them to the appropriate parties.  Our process servers in Idaho can serve a wide variety of legal documents, including but not limited to summonses, complaints, divorce papers, family court documents, subpoenas, citations, small claims court cases, orders to show cause, petitions, discovery documents, eviction notices, landlord/tenant notifications, motions, and so on. We support government agencies on a national, state, and local level, as well as private attorneys and the general public, with process serving needs all around Idaho. Click here for information on How Timelines Are Important in Process Serving.

The court shall dismiss the case without prejudice against any defendant who has not been served within a hundred and eighty-two days after the complaint was filed, either upon motion by the plaintiff or after fourteen days’ notice to the defendant. However, if the plaintiff can establish a reasonable excuse for the delay, the court will grant a reasonable extension of time to effect service. Click here for information on How To Identify A Good Process Service Agency


The plaintiff may immediately request that the district court clerk issue and serve a summons by Rule 4. Separate or supplemental summonses may be issued against any defendant at the plaintiff’s request.

Suppose a defendant is not served with the summons and complaint within six (6) months of filing the complaint, and the party on whose behalf such service was required is unable to show good cause why such service was not made within that period. In that case, the action shall be dismissed as to that defendant without prejudice upon the court’s initiative with fourteen (14) days’ notice to such party. 

The process must be served by a law enforcement official or an adult who is not a party to the action and is at least eighteen (18) years old.  It is unnecessary for the officer or other person serving the process to have the original method, summons, writ, order, or subpoena in his or her hands at the time of service.  On the day of delivery, personal service is complete inside and outside of the state. When the final publishing date arrives, service by publication is concluded. Any legal process, except subpoenas, may be served at any location inside or outside the state’s borders, as provided by law or regulation.

Unless the person being served appears in court, the party serving process in Idaho must submit a written return detailing the service’s details. A certificate of service from the serving officer is necessary when the process is delivered in Idaho by a sheriff, police officer, or court marshal. If service is made in Idaho by a private citizen, that citizen must attest on an affidavit that he or she is at least eighteen years old and was served by the regulations.

Undisputed Legal ensures that service is no longer a hassle. All types of legal papers (summonses, complaints, divorce papers, family court documents, subpoenas, citations, small claims court cases, orders to show cause, petitions, discovery documents, evictions, landlord/tenant notifications, motions, and so on) may be served by our process servers in Idaho. We assist federal, state, and local government offices throughout Idaho, private practice lawyers, and the general public who need legal documents served.

Residents are used as Process Servers in Idaho for all our customers. We ensure that our Process Servers in Idaho are current on Idaho’s legal, licensing, or registration requirements. Since our team of servers is local to Idaho, we ensure that all service processes follow all the requisite legal necessities specific to the state itself. 


An affidavit of mailing signed by an adult who sent the papers constituting the Idaho Process Service, setting out the documents sent, the date sent, and the address to which the documents were sent, is sufficient evidence of service in such a situation. Certified or registered mail is similar because both need proof of delivery to verify that the intended recipient received the package.

An accurate copy of the publication plus an affidavit from the newspaper’s publisher or a person over eighteen authorized to act on the publisher’s behalf if service is to be made that way constitutes proof of service. An alternative is an admitted receipt of service of process in writing by the person served. All service returns must provide a complete list and description of the documents served.

Unless serious detriment occurs in the substantial right of the person against whom the process was served, the court may allow any Idaho Process Service or evidence of service to be changed at any time at its discretion. Service of any summons, writ, order, or other document required by law may be made by facsimile machine process or telegraph, and the copy thus communicated may be served or performed by the officer or person to whom sent and returned with the same force, effect, authority, and responsibility as the original. The issuing court must get the original document. 

In the case of an individual, service may be made by handing them a copy of the summons and complaint, leaving it at their home with someone over the age of eighteen (18) who lives there, or giving it to an agent who is legally permitted to accept service of process.  Undisputed Legal is a private process service agency, and we handle all the requirements of service of process that you may need. We offer three different levels of service of process in Idaho. One may choose between two processing times: Routine service ensures that the process server will make the first attempt within five to seven working days, and Rush service ensures that the server will make an initial attempt within forty-eight hours. 

We also offer the service of documents through mailing channels. After receiving a service request through mail, we send out the documents within twenty-four hours of receipt.  The Idaho process server makes all three (3) attempts, regardless of your chosen service level. We ensure that each form of service sees three attempts as due diligence regardless of the chosen service level. The significant difference between service levels remains solely the timeline of service offered. 


An alternative to personal service in Idaho regulations is an individual’s written acknowledgment that they have received service of process, identifying themselves and the capacity in which they received it.

Unless the person being served appears in court, a written return detailing the method of serving, the date of service, and the site of service must be submitted to the court as proof of service. If service were made by a sheriff, peace officer, or court marshal in Idaho, then the officer’s certificate would suffice.

If service is made by mail without a return receipt, an adult at least eighteen years old who sent the notice or document may attest to the sending in an affidavit. If service is made by certified or registered mail, then the affidavit of an adult who sent the process and the receipts from the post office are required. Suppose it does not seem that the primary injury would result in the substantial rights of the person against whom the process was issued. In that case, the court may allow any process or evidence of service to be altered at any time and under such conditions as it considers reasonable.

You should speak with a local server if you need information regarding Process Serving in Idaho. At Undisputed Legal, we ensure that our clients are updated on the process they are using to be served. We guarantee that we provide GPS affidavits as evidence of service. In addition, we also offer our clients directed ‘real-time’ email updates for each individual so that they know precisely where their process is. We ensure we have a very high level of accountability towards our clients. Often, this isn’t easy to achieve from a sheriff’s office insofar as the office also. 

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Documents can be faxed at (800) 296-0115, emailed to ps@undisputedlegal.com, or uploaded to our website. We do require prepayment 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.; Our receptionist receives all documents.


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1. This is dependent, however, on the fact that no such prepayment tender of fees and mileage shall be required to witnesses subpoenaed by the attorney general or any prosecuting attorney on behalf of the state. Fees and mileage are waived when the state or agency issues the subpoena.

2. Individualized service. Except in the cases of minors under fourteen and incapacitated adults, service may be made by any of the following means:

(A) by handing the individual a copy of the complaint and the summons;

(B)  by leaving a copy of each at the individual’s residence or customary place of a habitation with a resident who is at least eighteen years old; or

(C) by handing over a copy of each to an agent legally authorized to accept service of process by appointment or statute.

3. It is possible to serve a subpoena by Rule 45.

4. Delivery of a copy of the summons and complaint to an officer, managing or general agent, or any other person authorized by appointment or by the legislation of this state to accept service of process against a domestic or foreign company is sufficient to service of process.

5. If above does not apply, then service may be made by any person who swears or affirms under penalty of perjury that he or she is at least 18 years old and that service is needed under these regulations.


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