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 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:
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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.
The designation of a process agent is required by federal law to obtain approval from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) – the agency in charge of regulating trucking in the United States. In order to obtain and maintain this authority, these businesses must submit Form BOC-3 with the FMCSA.
What are process agents for BOC-3 filing, and how can transportation companies, such as motor carriers, brokers, and freight forwarders that deal with interstate transactions on a daily basis, designate an SOP or process agent? We’ll cover all of that and more.
The acronym “BOC” refers to a blanket of coverage, and this document shows that all 50 states are covered. If you just filed for your broker authority on the Unified Registration System (URS), you should have received your temporary/pending MC#.
A BOC-3 filing is a voluntary designation of a process agent. This person acts as an intermediary between the FMCSA and any motor carrier, broker, or freight forwarder that must follow federal rules during interstate transportation. In order to determine which agents are authorized to perform this function, the agency requires companies with authority to designate their own agents using Form BOC-3 (Application for Designation of Process Agent).
Any business involved in interstate transportation must use a process agent to complete all transactions with the FMCSA.
The FMCSA agent is a representative of the company appointed to act on their behalf before the agency and can be any individual or entity. The role of the process agent is to receive legal notices and service of the process on behalf of their client in all 50 states. It’s important to note that we service not only all 50 States, but Washington D. C. as well.
Yes, this would include private carriers in addition to freight forwarders, brokers, or any other company offering transportation services via trucking companies across state lines.
The designation of a process agent is required when doing business on the FMCSA database. However, if you’re only changing your email or phone number for example, then you are exempt from using a process agent. If you are changing your name though, then you would need to contact your process agent again.
We help all trucking companies across multiple states in the transportation industry as the most trusted process service agencies in the transportation company industry. We can be your process agents for only $59.00 per year. You can sign up by filling out our form located at the top of this page in the right corner. You can get there simply by clicking here. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 800-715-6078, and we’ll get back to you in a timely manner.
The entire process of filing a BOC-3 can be done in minutes, and we have made it easier than ever. If you’re a trucking company, freight forwarder, we will act as your operating authority and take care of your boc-3 filing for you. You can fill out our form online (located at the top right) by clicking here, and we’ll take care of everything for you.
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