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How to Domesticate an Out-of-State Subpoena in Washington

You can domesticate and serve an international subpoena in Washington under Uniform Interstate Deposition and Discovery Act (U.I.D.D.A.) and the RCW 5.51.020. Our process servers can help from the beginning to the end.


Understanding how to Domesticate an Out-of-State Subpoena in Washington:

First, in domesticating a foreign subpoena in Washington, you need to identify the specific county in Washington where the discovery is being sought.


After identification of the county, submit the international subpoena to the Clerk of the County Superior Court. The documents that you to file with the Clerk of the court include:

  • An out-of-state subpoena that is issued from a court in the home state

  • A King County, Washington, cover sheet

  • Spokane County, Washington; it is a petition to request the issuance of the subpoena

  • Washington subpoena, which will be issued after it is completed

  • An accompanying fee of $20 must be paid to the Superior Court

Issuance Process of the Subpoena in Washington

  1. Obtain a certified copy of the original out-of-state subpoena from the issuing court.

  2. Prepare a notice of filing form. This form must include the name of the issuing court, the case number, and the name of the parties.

  3. File the notice of filing form and the certified copy of the original subpoena with the Clerk of the superior court in the county where you want to enforce the subpoena.

  4. Serve a copy of the notice of filing form and a copy of the certified copy of the original subpoena on the person or entity being subpoenaed. This typically involves personal service or certified mail.

  5. If the person or entity being subpoenaed objects to the subpoena, they must file a motion to quash it within 20 days of being served with the notice of filing form.

Our Experienced Staff Can Help

If you are interested in how to domesticate an out-of-state subpoena in Washington, our process servers are a valuable resource for issuing foreign subpoenas. Our professional team has unrivaled expertise in serving legal papers. We have in-depth knowledge of the requirements and rules for service in out-of-state papers. We are also quite flexible and can serve papers even on weekends.


Our team is trained to serve legal papers, eradicating disruption. Since we are quite knowledgeable about the various legal requirements for serving and domesticating subpoenas, you can be assured of a streamlined process. Ensure you contact or email us for detailed information and assistance in serving legal documents to different parties.




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