Rule 4.2. Service of Process Outside Arizona
Arizona Revised Statutes AnnotatedRules of Civil Procedure for the Superior Courts of ArizonaEffective: January 1, 2023
Effective: January 1, 2023
16 A.R.S. Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 4.2
Rule 4.2. Service of Process Outside Arizona
(a) Extraterritorial Jurisdiction; Personal Service Outside Arizona. An Arizona state court may exercise personal jurisdiction over a person, whether found within or outside Arizona, to the maximum extent permitted by the Arizona Constitution and the United States Constitution. A party may serve any person located outside Arizona as provided in this rule, and, when service is made, it has the same effect as if personal service were accomplished within Arizona.
(1) Generally. If a serving party knows the address of the person to be served and the address is outside Arizona but within the United States, the party may serve the person by mailing the summons and a copy of the pleading being served to the person at that address by any form of postage-prepaid mail that requires a signed and returned receipt.
(1) Requesting a Waiver. An individual, corporation, or association that is subject to service under Rule 4.2(b), (c), (h), (i), or (k) has a duty to avoid unnecessary expense in serving the summons. The plaintiff may notify the defendant that an action has been commenced and request that the defendant waive service of a summons. The notice and request must:
(3) Time to Answer After a Waiver. A defendant who, before being served with process, timely returns a waiver need not serve an answer or otherwise respond to the pleading being served until 60 days after the request was sent, or 90 days after it was sent if it was sent outside any judicial district of the United States.
(4) Results of Filing a Waiver. When the plaintiff files an executed waiver, proof of service is not required and, except for the additional time in which a defendant may answer or otherwise respond as provided in Rule 4.2(d)(3), these rules apply as if a summons and the pleading being served had been served at the time of filing the waiver.
(1) Generally. If a party shows that the service provided by Rule 4.2(b) through 4.2(e) is impracticable, the court may, on motion and without notice to the person to be served, order that service be accomplished by publication. A serving party may initiate the service by publication procedure described in Rule 4.2(f)(2) prior to moving for such an order or while the motion is pending. The court may permit service by publication, in such manner and form as the court may direct, if:
(A) Required Affidavit. The party or person making service must prepare, sign and file an affidavit describing the manner and dates of the publication and mailing, and the circumstances warranting service by publication. If no mailing was made because the serving party did not know the current address of the person being served, the affidavit must state that fact.
(h) Serving a Corporation, Partnership or Other Unincorporated Association Located Outside Arizona but Within the United States. If a corporation, partnership, or other unincorporated association is located outside Arizona but within the United States, it may be served by delivering a copy of the summons and the pleading being served to a partner, an officer, a managing or general agent, or any other agent authorized by appointment or by law to receive service of process and--if the agent is one authorized by statute and the statute so requires--by also mailing a copy of each to the defendant.
(i) Serving an Individual in a Foreign Country. Unless federal law provides otherwise, an individual--other than a minor, an incapacitated person, an adult in need of protection, or a person whose waiver has been filed under Rule 4.2(d)--may be served at a place not within any judicial district of the United States:
(j) Serving a Minor, Incapacitated Person, or Adult in Need of Protection in a Foreign Country. A party may serve the following persons, if not located in a place not within any judicial district of the United States, in the manner set forth in Rule 4.2(i)(2)(A) or (B) or by such means as the court may otherwise order: a minor, a minor with a guardian or conservator, or an adult in need of protection.
(k) Serving a Corporation, Partnership, or Other Incorporated Association in a Foreign Country. Unless federal law provides otherwise or the defendant's waiver has been filed under Rule 4.2(d), a corporation, partnership, or other unincorporated association that has the legal capacity to be sued may be served at a place not within any judicial district of the United States by delivering a copy of the summons and pleading being served in the manner set forth in Rule 4.2(i) for serving an individual, except personal delivery under Rule 4.2(i)(2)(C)(i).
(m) Time to Serve an Answer After Service Outside Arizona. Unless Rule 4.2(d)(3) applies, or the parties agree or the court orders otherwise, a person served outside Arizona under Rule 4.2 must serve a responsive pleading within 30 days after the completion of service. Service of a responsive pleading must be made in the same manner, and the served person is subject to the same consequences, as if the person had been personally served with a summons in the county in which the action is pending.
Added Sept. 2, 2016, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Amended Aug. 31, 2017, effective Jan. 1, 2018; Aug. 30, 2021, effective Jan. 1, 2022; Aug. 29, 2022, effective Jan. 1, 2023.
16 A. R. S. Rules Civ. Proc., Rule 4.2, AZ ST RCP Rule 4.2
State Court Rules are current with amendments received through November 15, 2023. The Code of Judicial Administration is current with amendments received through November 1, 2023.
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