(This information sheet is not part of the Proof of Service and does not need to be copied, served, or filed.)
NOTE: This form should not be used for proof of service of a summons and complaint. For that purpose, use Proof of Service of
Summons (form POS-010).
Use these instructions to complete the Proof of Service by First-Class Mail—Civil (form POS-030).
A person over 18 years of age must serve the documents. There are two main ways to serve documents:
(1) by personal delivery and (2) by mail. Certain documents must be personally served. You must determine whether
personal service is required for a document. Use the Proof of Personal Service–Civil (form POS-020) if the documents
were personally served.
The person who served the documents by mail must complete a proof of service form for the documents served. You
cannot serve documents if you are a party to the action.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PERSON WHO SERVED THE DOCUMENTS
The proof of service should be printed or typed. If you have Internet access, a fillable version of the Proof of Service
form is available at www.courts.ca.gov/forms.
Complete the top section of the proof of service form as follows:
First box, left side: In this box print the name, address, and telephone number of the person for whom you served the
Second box, left side: Print the name of the county in which the legal action is filed and the court’s address in this box.
The address for the court should be the same as on the documents that you served.
Third box, left side: Print the names of the Petitioner/Plaintiff and Respondent/Defendant in this box. Use the same names
as are on the documents that you served.
First box, top of form, right side: Leave this box blank for the court’s use.
Second box, right side: Print the case number in this box. The case number should be the same as the case number on
the documents that you served.
Complete items 1–5 as follows:
1. You are stating that you are over the age of 18 and that you are not a party to this action. You are also stating that
you either live in or are employed in the county where the mailing took place.
2. Print your home or business address.
3. Provide the date and place of the mailing and list the name of each document that you mailed. If you need more
space to list the documents, check the box in item 3, complete the Attachment to Proof of Service by First-Class
Mail—Civil (Documents Served) (form POS-030(D)), and attach it to form POS-030.
4. For item 4:
Check box a if you personally put the documents in the regular U.S. mail.
Check box b if you put the documents in the mail at your place of business.
5. Provide the name and address of each person to whom you mailed the documents. If you mailed the documents to
more than one person, check the box in item 5, complete the Attachment to Proof of Service by First-Class
Mail—Civil (Persons Served) (form POS-030(P)), and attach it to form POS-030.
At the bottom, fill in the date on which you signed the form, print your name, and sign the form. By signing,
you are stating under penalty of perjury that all the information you have provided on form POS-030 is true
POS-030 [New January 1, 2005]
PROOF OF SERVICE BY FIRST CLASS MAIL—CIVIL
(Proof of Service)
INFORMATION SHEET FOR PROOF OF SERVICE BY FIRST-CLASS MAIL—CIVIL
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