In order to serve a summons, the Secretary of State must receive two copies of the signed and dated summons and complaint. An address for the defendant must be provided together with payment of the $30.00 fee.
Service on Nonresident
The Secretary of State will accept service of process on nonresidents under the nonresident motorist statute SDCL 15-7-6 and SDCL 15-7-13 the nonresident hunter statute.
Procedure and Fees
Service of process as authorized by SDCL 15 shall be made by serving a copy thereof upon the Secretary of State, or by filing the copy in the office of the Secretary of State, together with payment of a fee of $15.
Questions regarding summonses should be addressed to your attorney, the attorney filing the lawsuit, or the court in which the lawsuit was filed.For more information regarding service of process, please contact the Corporate Division of the Office of the Secretary of State: