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Jordan is not a party to the Hague Service Convention. Consult local legal counsel in Jordan to ascertain the appropriate methods for serving process in Jordan.
Service on a Foreign State: See also our Service Under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) feature and FSIA Checklist for questions about service on a foreign state, agency or instrumentality.
Prosecution Requests: U.S. federal or state prosecutors should also contact the Office of International Affairs, Criminal Division, Department of Justice for guidance.
Defense Requests in Criminal Matters: Criminal defendants or their defense counsel seeking judicial assistance in obtaining evidence or in effecting service of documents abroad in connection with criminal matters may do so via the letters rogatory process.
Requests for compulsion of evidence in civil, commercial, administrative or defense requests criminal matters must be prepared in the form of letters rogatory. See 22 CFR 22.1 regarding current consular fees. For general guidance about preparation and transmittal of such requests, see our Preparation of Letters Rogatory feature. Letters rogatory for compulsion of evidence in criminal matters should be transmitted in duplicate with appropriate translations to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Overseas Citizens Services, Office of American Citizens Services, Near East/South Central Asia Division, CA/OCS/ACS/NESCA. Mailing address: SA-17, 10th Floor, 2201 C Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20522-1710.
Jordanian authorities have advised the U.S. Embassy that voluntary depositions of willing witnesses in civil and commercial matters may be taken before U.S. consular officers in Jordan pursuant to the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. Jordan is not a party to the Hague Evidence Convention.
Jordan is not a party to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Legalization of Foreign Public Documents. Documents issued in the United States may be authenticated for use in Jordan by (a) contacting the U.S. Department of State Authentications Office and (b) then having the seal of the U.S. Department of State authenticated by the Embassy of Jordan in Washington, D.C. Documents issued in U.S. states must first be authenticated by the designated state authority, generally the state Secretary of State.