36 U.S. Code § 70912 - Service of process

§ 70912.
Service of process
(a)District of Columbia.—
The corporation shall have a designated agent in the District of Columbia to receive service of process for the corporation. Designation of the agent shall be filed in the office of the clerk of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Notice to or service on the agent, or mailed to the business address of the agent, is notice to or service on the corporation.
(b)States, Territories, and Possessions.—
As a condition to the exercise of any power or privilege granted by this chapter, the corporation shall file, with the Secretary of State or other designated official of each State, territory, or possession of the United States in which a subordinate association or chapter is organized, the name and address of an agent in that State, territory, or possession on whom legal process or demands against the corporation may be served.
(Pub. L. 105–225, Aug. 12, 1998, 112 Stat. 1359; Pub. L. 109–284, § 5(7), Sept. 27, 2006, 120 Stat. 1212.)

Historical and Revision Notes



Source (U.S. Code)

Source (Statutes at Large)


36:275 (2d, last sentences).

Aug. 30, 1950, ch. 823, §§ 5 (2d, last sentences), 17, 64 Stat. 565, 567.



In subsection (a), the word “have” is substituted for “maintain” for consistency in the revised title. The words “at all times”, “authorized”, and “deemed sufficient” are omitted as unnecessary.

In subsection (b), the word “precedent” is omitted as unnecessary. The words “with the secretary of state or other designated official” are substituted for “in the Office of the Secretary of State, or similar officer” for consistency in the revised title. The words “post office” and “authorized” are omitted as unnecessary.


2006—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 109–284 substituted “corporation shall” for “Corporation shall”.


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