Montana Code Annotated 2023



Part 2. Registration

Consent To Service Of Process -- Manner Of Service

30-10-208. Consent to service of process -- manner of service. (1) Every applicant for registration as a broker-dealer, investment adviser, salesperson, or investment adviser representative under parts 1 through 3 of this chapter and every issuer that proposes to register and offer a security in this state through any person acting on an agency basis in the common-law sense shall file with the commissioner, in a form that the commissioner prescribes, an irrevocable consent appointing the commissioner and the commissioner's successors in office to be the attorney of the applicant to receive service of any lawful process in any noncriminal suit, action, or proceeding against the applicant or the applicant's successor, executor, or administrator that arises under parts 1 through 3 of this chapter or any rule or order under parts 1 through 3 of this chapter after the consent has been filed, with the same force and validity as if served personally on the person filing the consent.

(2) Service may be made by leaving a copy of the process in the office of the commissioner, but it is not effective unless:

(a) the plaintiff, who may be the commissioner, in a suit, action, or proceeding instituted by the plaintiff, sends timely notice of the service and a copy of the process by certified or registered mail to the defendant or respondent at the defendant's or respondent's last address on file with the commissioner; and

(b) the plaintiff's affidavit of compliance with this section is filed in the case on or before the return day of the process, if any, or within any further time that the court allows.

History: En. Sec. 15, Ch. 251, L. 1961; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 105, L. 1963; R.C.M. 1947, 15-2015; amd. Sec. 4, Ch. 2, L. 1991; amd. Sec. 4, Ch. 162, L. 1993; amd. Sec. 902, Ch. 56, L. 2009.