What reason might a Service of Process filing be rejected by the Division of Business Services?

A Service of Process filing may be rejected for many reasons.  Some of the most common reasons are:

  • An insufficient number of copies of the summons are submitted (an original and one certified copy are required for each defendant).
  • An address for an out-of-state defendant is not provided.
  • The defendant and/or agent for Service of Process has a Tennessee address requiring Service of Process by the Sheriff of the county of the defendant and/or agent not by the Secretary of State.
  • The $20.00 filing fee is not enclosed.
  • The check, bank draft, or money order is not made payable to the “Tennessee Secretary of State.”
  • The original and/or certified copy of the summons is not signed by the Clerk or Deputy Clerk.
  • The Clerk’s certified stamp, seal, or imprint is not affixed to the summons.
  • The process is to be served on an insurance company requiring Service of Process through the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance.
  • The action is instituted in a court outside Tennessee.