Montana Code Annotated 2021



Part 6. Service of Process

Service Of Process By Commissioner

33-1-606. Service of process by commissioner. (1) If a registered agent cannot be found for a foreign or alien insurer doing business in this state, if the agent of record is no longer at the agent's listed address, if the insurer has failed to maintain an agent as required by 33-1-605, or for other good cause shown for which a person's rights may be adversely affected by inability to serve an insurer, a person desiring to serve legal process, notice, or demand may initiate service on the commissioner by providing to the commissioner all of the following:

(a) an affidavit stating that one of the conditions in subsection (1) exists and stating the most recent address of the insurer that the person, after diligent search, has been able to ascertain;

(b) two copies of the document to be served on the insurer; and

(c) a filing fee of $50.

(2) If the requirements of subsection (1) have been met, the commissioner shall promptly serve the legal process, notice, or demand by certified mail to the foreign or alien insurer at its principal office as shown in the commissioner's records. Service by the commissioner upon the insurer by certified mail constitutes service of legal process on that insurer. The commissioner shall maintain a record of each process, notice, or demand the commissioner serves under this section.

(3) When legal process is served pursuant to this section, the insurer must appear, answer, or plead within 30 days, exclusive of the date of mailing, after the date of the certified mailing or be subject to the laws of this state regarding default judgment.

(4) For purposes of this section:

(a) "certified mail" means a method of sending by common carrier with tracking capability; and

(b) "legal process" means a summons and complaint.

History: En. Sec. 3, Ch. 60, L. 2019.