Service of Process on Government

Service of Process on Government Agencies

Who do you serve when the government is the defendant?

Service of process on the government may be local, state or federal. Civil procedure rules are similar yet each has its own guidelines and of course the respective offices are separate entities.


State Seal of Minnesota
Service of Process to the State of Minnesota is received by the Minnesota Attorney General

Service of Process on the State of Minnesota

Service of process on the State of Minnesota should be directed to the Minnesota Attorney General Office. Minnesota’s current Attorney General is Lori Swanson. Serving legal papers to the state is uncomplicated and straight forward. Simply go to 1400 Bremer Tower in downtown St. Paul. The office staff and Assistant Attorney General’s make themselves readily available to accept service of process anytime during their business hours.

Hours: M-F 8 am to 5 pm.
Address: 445 Minnesota Street, St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: (651) 296-3353 or 1-800-657-3787
Their office will not respond to email by email – they will respond by letter via USPS


U.S. Department of Justice
Service of Process on the Federal Government is received by the U.S. Department of Justice

Service of Process on the Federal Government

Lawsuits brought against the the United States, the Federal Government or its agencies, service of civil process is effected by delivering a copy of the summons and complaint, subpoena or other civil process to:

The United States Attorney for the district in which the papers were filed and leaving a true and correct copy with someone in that office authorized to accept service of process or;

Sending civil process by registered or certified mail to: Civil Process Division of the United States Attorney; and by also sending a true and correct copy of civil process by registered or certified mail to: United States Attorney General (Loretta E. Lynch).
U.S. Department of Justice | U.S. Department of Justice Agencies
Address: 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001
Phone: Department of Justice Main Switchboard (202) 514-2000

The Attorney General has designated the Assistant Attorney General for Administration, Justice Management Division, to accept service of summonses and complaints for him/her. United States Attorneys have no authority to accept service on behalf of the Attorney General. In any action attacking the validity of an order of an officer or agency of the United States not made a party to the suit, service must be made “by also sending a copy of the summons and of the complaint by registered or certified mail to the officer or agency.


Service of Process on Government: Minnesota Cities

If a Minnesota city is named as a defendant in a lawsuit serve the City Attorney’s office.
Minnesota’s cities are all here in this searchable MN City Directory.
Results will display the city’s name; phone and fax numbers; e-mail; web site; mailing addresses and business hours.


Service of Process on Government: Minnesota Counties

If a Minnesota county is named as a defendant in a lawsuit serve the County Attorney’s office.

Anoka County Attorney: Tony Polumbo
Address: 2100 3rd Avenue, Anoka, MN  55303
Phone: (763) 323-5550


Carver County Attorney Mark Metz
Address: 602 East 4th Street, Chaska, Minnesota 55318
Phone: (952) 361-1400


Dakota County Attorney: James C. Backstrom
Address: 1560 Highway 55, Hastings, MN 55033
Phone: ​(651) 438-4438


Hennepin County Attorney: Michael O. Freeman
Address: 300 S Sixth Street C-20th fl., Minneapolis, MN 55487
Phone: (612) 348-5550


Le Sueur County Attorney: Brent Christian
Address: 65 South Park Avenue, Le Center MN, 56057
Phone: (507) 357-2278

McLeod County Attorney: Michael Junge
Address: 830 E 11th Street, Glencoe, MN 55336
Phone: (320) 864-5551


Ramsey County Attorney: John J. Choi
Address: 50 W. Kellogg Blvd. West, St Paul, MN 55102
Phone: (651) 266-3222


Scott County Attorney: Ron Hocevar
Address: 200 4th Ave W, Shakopee, MN 55379
Phone: (952) 496-8415


Washington County Attorney: Pete Orput
Address: 14949 62nd St. N., Stillwater, MN 55082
Phone: (651) 430-6000