2016 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 39 - Motor Vehicles And Traffic Regulation
Section 39:7-2.1 - Director As Agent For Service Of Process Of Residents Who Become Nonresidents; Effect Of Service
39:7-2.1. Director as agent for service of process of residents who become nonresidents; effect of service
1. Any resident of this State who shall drive a motor vehicle, or cause a motor vehicle to be driven in this State, whether or not such motor vehicle is registered under the laws of this State and whether or not such person or the driver of such motor vehicle is licensed to drive a motor vehicle upon the highways of this State, shall by the operation of such motor vehicle, or by causing the same to be operated, within this State, make and constitute the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles in the Department of Law and Public Safety his agent for the acceptance of process, in any civil action or proceeding, issuing out of the Superior Court or other court of civil jurisdiction of this State against him by reason of an accident or collision in this State in which such motor vehicle, while so driven or caused to be driven, shall be involved if, and in case, such person shall cease to be a resident of this State and service of such process upon him within this State cannot be made by reason of his nonresidence. The operating or causing to be operated of any such motor vehicle within this State shall be his signification of the agreement of such person operating the same or the person for whom such motor vehicle is operated of his agreement that any such process against him which is so served after he becomes a nonresident of this State shall be of the same legal force and validity as if served upon him personally in accordance with law within this State. The agreement that the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles in the Department of Law and Public Safety shall be constituted the agent, of a resident operator or owner of a motor vehicle who becomes a nonresident, which is involved in any accident in this State, for the acceptance of process in any such action or proceeding, shall be irrevocable and binding upon the executor or administrator of such operator or owner, whether appointed within or without the State, and service of process shall be made upon the said executor or administrator of any such operator or owner dying prior to the commencement of such action or proceeding in the same manner and on the same notice as herein provided for service of process upon such operator or owner, and any such action or proceeding, duly commenced by service upon such an operator or owner under the provisions of this act, who shall die thereafter during the pendency of such action or proceeding, shall be continued against his said executor or administrator by the court in which the same is pending, upon such application and notice as the court shall prescribe.
L.1954,c.61,s.1; amended 1963,c.163,c.1; 1971,c.104,s.3; 1991,c.91,s.374.
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