Service by Mail Law and Legal Definition

Service by mail refers to the service of notice, legal pleadings, or documents to the parties involved by delivery through postal distribution channels.

The following is a state statute (Washington) on service by mail:

A party may conduct service by mail. A court will issue an order allowing service by mail when there are circumstances justifying service by publication and if the serving party demonstrates, by affidavit, facts which show that service by mail is just as likely to give actual notice as service by publication. Since service by mail is an alternative to service by publication and has the same jurisdictional effect as service by publication. [Jones v. Stebbins, 122 Wn.2d 471, 479 (Wash. 1993) Wash. CR 4].