Rule 511. Service of Summons; Proof of Service.
(A) The summons shall be served upon the defendant by both first class mail and certified mail, return receipt requested. A copy of the complaint shall be served with the summons.
(B) Proof of service of the summons by mail shall include:
(1) a return receipt signed by the defendant; or
(2) the returned summons showing that the certified mail was not signed by the defendant and a notation on the transcript that the first class mailing of the summons was not returned to the issuing authority within 20 days after the mailing.
This rule was amended in 2004 to require that the summons be served by both first class mail and certified mail, return receipt requested.
Nothing in this rule is intended to preclude a judicial district from utilizing the United States Postal Services return receipt electronic option, or any similar service that electronically provides a return receipt, when using certified mail, return receipt requested.
Paragraph (B) sets forth what constitutes proof of service of the summons by mail in a court case for purposes of these rules.
Original Rule 111, adopted June 30, 1964, effective January 1, 1965; suspended January 31, 1970, effective May 1, 1970. New Rule 111 adopted January 31, 1970, effective May 1, 1970; renumbered Rule 112 September 18, 1973, effective January 1, 1974; renumbered Rule 511 March 1, 2000, effective April 1, 2001; amended August 24, 2004, effective August 1, 2005; amended May 1, 2007, effective September 4, 2007, and May 1, 2007 Order amended May 15, 2007; Comment revised September 18, 2008, effective February 1, 2009.
Committee Explanatory Reports:
Final Report explaining the March 1, 2000 reorganization and renumbering of the rules published with the Courts Order at 30 Pa.B. 1478 (March 18, 2000).
Final Report explaining the August 24, 2004 amendments adding new paragraph (B) concerning proof of service published with the Courts Order at 34 Pa.B. 5025 (September 11, 2004).
Final Report explaining the May 1, 2007 amendments amending paragraph (B)(2) concerning proof of service published with the Courts Order at 37 Pa.B. 2503 (June 2, 2007).
Final Report explaining the September 18, 2008 revision of the Comment concerning the United States Postal Services return receipt electronic option published with the Courts Order at 38 Pa.B. 5428 (October 4, 2008).
The provisions of this Rule 511 amended August 24, 2004, effective August 1, 2005, 34 Pa.B. 5016; amended May 1, 2007, effective September 4, 2007, 37 Pa.B. 2496; amended September 18, 2008, effective February 1, 2009, 38 Pa.B. 5425. Immediately preceeding text appears at serial page (335937).
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