Certificates of Service Law and Legal Definition

In the employment context, this is a form that can be used if you are asked (as a previous employer) to verify a former employee's work history. The form provides the former employee's duration of employment and pay rate.

In legal proceedings, a certificate of service is usually required to be filed with the clerk of courts as proof that copies of pleadings such as complaints, motions, and discovery requests have been officially served on the other parties to a lawsuit. The certificate of service states the date that the papers were served, the name and address of parties served, and the signature of the serving party or their attorney.