This article will provide guidance on What Do Process Servers in South Dakota Do?  In South Dakota, process servers do not need a license and legal process may be served on any non-party adult over eighteen (18). With reasonable promptness, the service must be completed, and the summons returned to the plaintiff’s attorney or, if none exists, to the plaintiff directly.  lick Here for Frequently Asked Questions About Process Servers!

Our professional Process Servers in South Dakota have sworn officers of the court who have the requisite training and expertise to deliver legal documents and subpoenas in accordance with the state’s governing law. When it comes to tracking down and serving the most evasive individuals in South Dakota, no one can compare to Undisputed Legal’s team of professional process servers. When you need a Professional Process Server, Court Server, or an individual who can track down evasive defendants in South Dakota, you can rely on the expertise of the local Undisputed Legal process servers to get the job done.  Click here for information on How Rush Process Service Can Expedite Your Case.


Any person who is not a party to the action and who is an elector of any state at the time of doing such service may serve the summons, including the sheriff or constable of the county or comparable political subdivision where the defendant may be found, the United States marshal or a deputy, or any other person who is not a party to the action and who serves the summons. However, it is preferable to ensure your service is safe with a professional service agency like Undisputed Legal since law enforcement officials are usually tied up with multiple duties. Further, sheriff’s offices adhere to a rigid schedule which will often lead to service being delayed by days or weeks. With reasonable promptness, the service must be completed, and the summons returned to the plaintiff’s attorney or, if none exists, to the plaintiff directly. The plaintiff or their counsel may specify an endorsed time for service, and that time will be adhered to. At Undisputed Legal, we ensure service is done as soon as possible. Click here for information on How Service of Process Ensures A Solid Foundation.

For serving process anywhere in the country or anywhere in South Dakota, Undisputed Legal should be your preferred option. When it comes to tracking down wanted individuals and bringing them to justice, our Court Servers have extensive expertise and training at the federal level. We use the same methods to serve your legal papers throughout the country in line with all applicable local, state, and federal laws. For your ease in identifying the person of interest, we have improved the quality of our service by including new capabilities in our skip tracing tools like GPS Tracking, Status Checking, Same Day Service, and more. Click here for information on How Process Servers Protect Your Rights: Myths Debunked

Suppose our investigations reveal that a defendant has moved out of state. In that case, we will need to comply with the process server laws of each jurisdiction in which we want to serve them. Legal service on these persons or organizations may be accomplished through Undisputed Legal; however, this may result in additional costs. Everything that has to be done to finish the procedure will be made clear to you at once. 


The summons must be subscribed by the plaintiff or their attorney in a legible manner, addressed to the defendant, and state that they have thirty days (excluding the day of service) to answer the complaint and deliver a copy of their answer to the subscriber at a place in the state to be specified where there is a post office, and that if he fails to do so, judgment by default may be rendered against them. Any action, remedy, or special procedure for which a law or regulation prescribes a certain form of summons must employ that particular form. 

The summons may be served without including serving a copy of the complaint. If this is the case, the complaint’s filing location must be included on the summons. Within thirty days after service of the summons, in any such case, if the defendant causes notice of appearance to be given, in person or by an attorney, and demands in writing a copy of the complaint specifying a place within the state where it may be served, a copy of the complaint must be served accordingly within twenty days thereafter. The defendant has thirty days from the date of service of the complaint to respond or take other action. Suppose the same attorney is representing both the plaintiff and the defendant in action. In that case, only one copy of the complaint, response, motion, or other material in action has to be served on him unless the court orders otherwise. 

Service may be made inside or outside of this state on the president or other head of a domestic private company, the secretary, cashier, treasurer, director, or the management or registered agent of such organization. If the defendant cannot be located, service may be accomplished by leaving a copy at their residence with an adult family member or, if the defendant is staying with another family, with an adult member of that family. Service on a private corporation might be made by leaving a copy at the place of business of such qualified person with any officer or employee over the age of fourteen if no general officer, director, managing agent, or other representative mentioned as qualified to receive service can be conveniently located. 

Our process servers in South Dakota can deliver any court document, including but not limited to: summons and complaints, divorce papers, family court documents, subpoenas, citations, small claims court cases, orders to show cause, petitions, discovery documents, evictions, landlord/tenant notices, motions, and more. We are a full-service process-serving organization that helps people throughout the state, including federal, state, and local governments, legal professionals, and the general public.

Local South Dakota process servers are used so that we may give the highest quality of service possible across all three (3) tiers of South Dakota process service to every one of our customers. You may choose between two processing times, [A.] Routine Service, where the server will make its first attempt within five to seven business days, and [B.] Rush Service, where service will take place within forty-eight hours. Service can also be done via mail, wherein the documents will be sent out within twenty-four hours. Regardless of what service level you choose, our South Dakota process server will make up to three (3) attempts, with the only variation being the time of day they begin. Our server will attempt in the morning, the afternoon, and the evening. 


Service of process upon a person who is not a resident of nor physically located in this state must be done in the manner and under the conditions set out in the applicable state legislation. The time, location, and mode of service or publishing and mailing must be included in the proof of service of the summons and complaint or of any pleading, process, or other documents through a certificate of service from a sheriff or county constable; an affidavit of service from any other person. In the event of publishing, by the affidavit of the printer, his foreman or chief clerk, or the publisher of the newspaper proving the same, and an affidavit of mailing of copies as required by law; or In the case of mailing, by the affidavit of mailing and admission of service.

Unless it shows that the substantial rights of the person against whom the process issued will be injured thereby, the court may at any time enable any summons or other process or evidence of service thereof to be altered, in its discretion and on such conditions as it considers reasonable.

A copy of the summons, two copies of the notice and admission of service essentially in the form provided for, and a return envelope, postage prepaid and addressed to the sender, may be mailed to a defendant in any action without regard to any other provision of law. It must be stated in the notice and admission of service that if the person served does not sign and return the admission of service within twenty days of the date of mailing; then the court will require that person to pay the expenses of personal serving. The expenses of personal service must be assessed on the defendant in the action unless good cause is proven for the failure to return the admission of service to the sender within twenty days after mailing. 


It is necessary to have two copies of this Notice and Admission of Service of Summons and Complaint (Without Minor Children) and a postage-paid envelope, both addressed to the Plaintiff, contained with the Summons and Complaint (Without Minor Children) served on the party. Within twenty days, please fill out the Admission of Service section of this form and return the original to the sender. The party will be responsible for the charges of personal service if they do not sign and return the original Admission of Service within twenty days of the date of mailing, absent good reason. Within thirty days of receiving this form, the party must reply to the complaint. 

The counsel for a party must be served whenever the service of the party is needed or authorized. A copy of the document must be personally delivered to the attorney or party, sent to the last known address, or left with the clerk of the court if no address is known. Any notice must be sent through first-class mail and is considered effectively given once sent. When a lawyer receives a document through fax, service is considered complete. It is sufficient evidence of service to provide either an attorney’s certificate of service or a written acknowledgment of service by the party or their counsel. Any documents served through facsimile must include the receiving attorney’s facsimile telephone number or identifying symbol, together with the date and hour of service. 

We believe that our clients should be aware of where their documents are at any time. Consequently, we provide GPS affidavits of service to our clients for all services and personalized ‘real-time’ email updates. Also, prior to mailing, we provide an electronic copy of the affidavit. New customers may get a free, basic skip trace.

Only seasoned process servers in South Dakota who have fulfilled all license, schooling, and bonding criteria established by the jurisdiction in which they serve process are allowed to do so. 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. 


Documents can be faxed (800) 296-0115, emailed ps@undisputedlegal.com or uploaded on 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 form of a money order or attorney check (WE DO NOT ACCEPT CASH) payable to UNDISPUTED LEGAL INC., All documents will be received by our receptionist.


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1. Service may be accomplished by depositing a copy of the summons and complaint at any office of the such company inside this state, with the person in charge of such office, if the sheriff returns the summons with his certificate that no such officer, director, or agent can be readily located in his county;

2. The following should serve as a general template for the notice and admission of service required by 15-6-4(i):

State of South Dakota, Circuit Court, County of _Judicial Circuit, NOTICE AND ADMITTANCE OF MAIL SERVICE, Defendant. ADMITTANCE AND NOTICE OF CLAIM Defendant SUMMONS/SUMMONS and

Please find included a summons issued within the provisions of Section 15-6-4. Within twenty days, please return one copy of this form, filled with your admission information, to the sender. You’ll need to include your name and the date on the entry form. An individual’s affiliation to a corporation, unincorporated organization (including a partnership), or other entity must be indicated underneath his or her signature on documents filed on behalf of that entity. If you are allowed to accept the process on behalf of another individual, you must mention that beneath your signature. If the form is not completed and returned within twenty days, you (or the person on whose behalf you are being served) may be responsible for paying the costs of having the summons served in any other legal method. Within 30 days of receiving this form, you (or the party on whose behalf you are being served) must respond. If you don’t comply, the requesting party will get the remedy it sought by default judgment. This Notice and Admission of Service was sent on _, as I thus verify.


3. In addition to signing and dating the form, you will need to indicate the city and state where you obtained the paperwork.

4. A copy may be delivered in accordance with Section 15-6-5 by handing it to the attorney or the party; leaving it at his office with his clerk or other people in charge thereof; leaving it in a conspicuous place therein; or, if the office is closed or the person to be served has no office, leaving it at his dwelling house or usual place of abode with some person over the age of fourteen years then residing therewith.


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