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Subject: Rule 54 - Rules of Civil Procedure - Rules Governing Civil Procedure in the Circuit Courts - Issuance and Service of Summons and Other Process Publication / Adopted Date:January 19, 1973
Topic:Personal Service Within the StateRevised / Effective Date:January 1, 2003

54.13. Personal Service Within the State

(a) By Whom Made. Service of process within the state, except as otherwise provided by law, shall be made by the sheriff or a person over the age of 18 years who is not a party to the action.

(b) How and on Whom Made. Personal service within the state shall be made as follows:

(c) Acknowledgment of Service. When a defendant shall acknowledge in writing, endorsed on the process, signed by the defendant's own proper signature, the service of such process, and waive the necessity of the service thereof by an officer, such acknowledgment shall be deemed as valid as service in the manner provided by law. Acknowledgment of service by mail may also be made as provided in Rule 54.16.

(d) Where Process May Be Served in This State. All process issued for service within this state may be served anywhere within the state and may be forwarded to the sheriff of any county for the purpose of service.

(Adopted Jan. 19, 1973, eff. Sept. 1, 1973. Amended June 1, 1993, eff. Jan. 1, 1994; June 21, 2002, eff. Jan. 1, 2003.)