What is dark within me, illumine.”John Milton
Lots of people visit California. Some of those people are responsible for car crashes. Here are the steps you need to follow to serve a lawsuit on a nonresident driver in California.
- Determine if the person responsible for the car crash is a nonresident driver. Get the police report and read it. It should tell you whether the person is a nonresident driver. It should also tell you that person’s out-of-state address. For reference, Vehicle Code § 17450 defines “nonresident.”
- File the lawsuit and get conformed copies from the court.
- Hire a process server to serve the conformed copies on the California DMV Director. See Vehicle Code § 17454. Or you can mail it via certified or registered mail. The current address is 2415 1st Ave, Sacramento, CA 95818. Pay the Director $2. Provide to a cover letter stating your intent and the name and address of the nonresident driver.
- Take a copy of the conformed copies and mail it to the nonresident driver by registered mail. See Vehicle Code § 17455.
- Wait for the nonresident driver to sign for the registered mail. Once he or she signs, then file a proof of service with the court. See Vehicle Code § 17456.
- The nonresident driver has 60 days to file a responsive pleading. See Vehicle Code § 17462.
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