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How to Domesticate an Out of State Subpoena in Washington, D.C. 

Do you need to Domesticate and Serve an Out of State Subpoena in Washington D.C. pursuant to the Uniform Interstate Deposition and Discovery Act, D.C. CODE §§ 13- 441 to -448. (UIDDA)?


Washington, D.C. Foreign Subpoena Domestication and Service of Process

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To domesticate a subpoena in a case being litigated in any U.S. state other than Washington, D.C. (referred to as a “foreign” state) the request for subpoena together with the required documents and filing fee must be filed with the Clerk of Court in Washington, D.C. 

Documents to be filed with the Washington, D.C. Clerk of Courts under under D.C. Code § 13-443 (2012 Repl.) in order to domesticate a foreign subpoena include: 

(1)  Foreign Subpoena issued from the home state and jurisdiction.

(2) Washington, D.C. subpoena as defined in D.C. CODE §§ 13- 441 to -448., properly completed which incorporates the terms used in the foreign subpoena, as well as a list of all counsel of record together with complete contact information. 

(3) Filing fee check in the amount of $10 per subpoena issued. 

The required documents must be presented to the Clerk in Washington, D.C. who will issue the foreign subpoena so that it can be enforceable on the party be served. 

Our experienced staff can assist to prepare and file the required documents with the Clerk of Courts and advance the necessary filing fee in order to have the Washington, D.C. subpoena issued properly. Once issued, we can proceed to have it served right away and can also advance any required witness fees at the time of service.

Please call or email to have a subpoena domesticated and served in Washington, D.C. professionally and without delay. 

Rule 28-I. Interstate Depositions and Discovery Procedures

Superior Court of the District of Columbia - Subpoena Template

What is a Subpoena? 

A subpoena is a document that orders a named individual to personally appear at a trial or hearing to:

1) give testimony (known as a Subpoena Ad Testificandum) or

2) to produce documents or objects to be used at a trial or hearing as evidence (known as a Subpoena Duces Tecum).


Subpoena Ad Testificandum – Use this subpoena when an individual's testimony at a trial or hearing is needed. 

Subpoena Duces Tecum – Use this subpoena when an individual's appearance and production of documents or other objects are needed at a trial or hearing. 


Due to the rapidly changing nature of the law, there may be times when the material on this page is not current. We have made every effort to provide complete and accurate information of the general rules governing domestication and service of process of subpoenas in Washington, D.C. However, we cannot guarantee the current accuracy of the above listed content, it is provided for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal advice. We assume no liability whatsoever and will not be held responsible directly or indirectly for any damages resulting from any errors, omissions, inaccuracies or your reliance on this partial information.

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