In Maryland, when filing a lawsuit you are required to serve the complaint to the defendant. You have several different options under the Maryland court system to deliver the forms, including certified mail and private process server. The state of Maryland provides an "Affidavit of Service" form that your process server is required to fill out to state that the necessary documents were served on the defendant. If you do not obtain the "Affidavit of Service" from the court, be sure your affidavit contains all the necessary information.
Visit the court where you filed your lawsuit. Ask the court clerk for the "Affidavit of Service" form. You can also download the form from the Maryland court's website.
Create your own affidavit. List the court's address along the top of the form. Add your case number underneath the court's address.
Write your name and address under the title "Plaintiff." Include the defendant's name and address beneath the title "Defendant." If you have more than one defendant, you should have your process server complete a separate form for each defendant.
Note the date, time and place that the defendant was served. For instance, "I certify that I served John Doe at 3 a.m. on June 24, 2011 at 1100 Center Court, Baltimore, Maryland."
List the type of document that was served on the defendant. Include any other necessary information on the form, like the date the "Writ of Summons" was filed or the name of the "Complaint/Petition/Motion."
Provide a description of the defendant or the person served. The process server should note the approximate age, race, height, sex and weight of the person served.
Sign the affidavit when complete. The process server should sign and date the form certifying that the information is true. Attach a copy of the summons and other papers that were served to the defendant to the affidavit and return to the court.