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Business Services Division

Business Services Division > Service of Process Service of Process

In accordance with Indiana rules of procedure, Trial Rule 4.10 (A) (1), Rule 4.11; Rule 4.2 the following items are required before service of process may be issued.
Indiana Rules of Court - Rules of Trial Procedure
Please send information to:
    Business Services – Service of Process
    Attention: Liz Bryant
    302 West Washington Street
    Room E-111
    Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Request for service, praecipe for summons, praecipe must include the following:

  • State that the Secretary of State is the agent of the person/corporation being served;

  • Last known address of the person/corporation being served. If no such address is known, that must be stated;

  • Three (3) copies of the summons, one (1) copy of the complaint for each defendant to be served;

  • Filing fee of $10.00 for each defendant to be served. Checks should be made payable to the Indiana Secretary of State; and

  • If you want proof and affidavit as evidence showing the summons was served, please include a letter of request and self addressed stamped envelope with the request.

If you would like further assistance, please contact our constituent services helpline at 317-234-8009 or e-mail LBryant@sos.IN.gov  

Common Questions

Q. How long will it take to process my request for service of process?
A. Once the Secretary of State receives your request for service, it may take five (5) business days to a month, depending on the delivery times of the United States Postal Service.

Q. What is a preacipe?
A.  A preacipe is commonly called the summons. Black’s Law dictionary states: a paper containing the particulars of a writ, lodged in the office out of which the writ is to be issued.

Q. When can I call to find out the status of a service of process I sent?
A.  If you have sent a request for service, please allow 2-3 weeks before contacting us. If after this time frame, you have not received information, please contact Liz Bryant at 317-234-8009.