Here’s What You Need to Know
If you own a commercial truck fleet, you already know what a struggle it can be to ensure each vehicle can legally operate on the road. Commercial trucks are subject to a number of additional rules and regulations compared to non-commercial vehicles, including the filing the BOC-3 form.
This form grants your truck the authority to operate on interstates in each state in which you do business. It must be filed with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) prior to being granted this authority — and only an authorized process agent can file the form on your behalf.
Here’s what you need to know about the process:
BOC stands for Blanket of Coverage. This form is intended to grant authority to your entire commercial fleet of trucks, including truckers for hire, freight forwarders, and brokers in every state in which you operate. Otherwise, you have no operating authority and may not be able to use the interstates to move your freight as motor carriers, freight broker or freight forwarder.
The form will include the name(s) and address(es) of the process agent you choose. This agent will not only file the form, but will also accept legal documents on your behalf and deliver them to you. For example, if a court case were to be brought upon you, your process agent will be responsible for accepting and delivering the associated legal documents.
You have the ability to designate your own process agent. Your agent will file the BOC-3 form on your behalf, which will include every state in which you operate. You only need one form on file. Even better, you are not limited to choosing a process agent in the same state as your headquarters.
Here are a few things to look for when vetting a process agent to getting your form BOC-3 on file with FMCSA:
We’ve taken the guesswork out of searching for a process agent. Our team has years of experience in the trucking industry and can help you understand your rights and obligations.
When you partner with us, you can expect honest answers, timely response, and fair one time service fee, all while helping you stay legal on the road. We’ve made the process of BOC-3 filing easier and faster than ever, and each form gives you coverage in all 50 states including District of Columbia.
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