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How do I serve process on a foreign (out-of-state) company?

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I need to serve process on a foreign (non-New Jersey) corporation because I am suing it in the Superior Court of NJ. As far as I know, it is not registered in NJ, but it has contacts with the state because it ships products here and has thousands of NJ-based affiliates that help it market its products. Can I serve process on the company’s agent in Washington State (where the company is registered) or do I need to serve process on a NJ-based registered agent? If the latter, how can I find out if the corporation has a registered agent in NJ? What if it doesn’t have one?

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I would need more information before I could provide you with a proper response. However, you may have long arm jurisdiction. Therefore, you could use a process server to serve the defendant out of state via their registered agent.

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If NJ's long arm statute applied, can I serve the company's registered agent in Washington State by mailing the summons and complaint (certified and regular mail) or do I need to hire a process server?

Peter Joseph Lamont

Peter Joseph Lamont


You would need to hire a process server.


I agree with my colleague with respect to the long arm statute or potentially serving the registered agent. However, you should retain counsel for these issues as it is more likely that a licensed attorney in your state can give you an accurate answer.



Thank you for your comment. I thought about serving the company's registered agent in NJ, but NJ's Secretary of State records give a slightly different company name in NJ for the registered agent than what I know the defendant to be (same company name, but LLC in NJ verses Inc. in the foreign state), so I am not sure it is the same company and may just serve the company's Washington State entity.

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