30-10-908. Consent to service of process -- manner of service. (1) An applicant under this part shall file with the state auditor, in the form the state auditor prescribes, an irrevocable consent appointing the state auditor as the applicant's agent for the purpose of receiving 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 this part or any rule or order adopted or issued pursuant to this part. Service on the state auditor has the same force and validity as if served personally on the applicant or the applicant's successor, executor, or administrator.
(2) Service may be made by leaving a copy of the process in the office of the state auditor, but service is not effective unless:
(a) the plaintiff sends notice of the service and a copy of the process by certified mail to the defendant or respondent at the defendant's or respondent's last address on file with the state auditor; 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 at a later date as the court allows.