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What is BOC-3?
A BOC-3, or ‘Blanket of Coverage’, is a form which is required of individuals or companies in the transportation sector in order to show proof of a designated legal agent to whom process may be served. This means that the individual or company in question has a designated contact in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia that is licensed to handle legal documents on behalf of the involved party. The FMCSA and other agencies in the United States require the form in order to grant operating authority.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires all companies that have applied for a commercial operating authority to appoint a service of process agent all 50 states and Washington DC as proven by filing BOC-3. Without a BOC-3 filing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will not authorize any operating authority.
A service of the process agent is a designated person to whom legal documents may be served on behalf of the motor carrier, broker, or freight forwarder involved in any legal proceedings. Every motor carrier company or individual involved in the transport of property or passengers needs a designated agent, that is willing and is able to handle legal issues, for each state in which it is authorized to operate or traverse.
The BOC-3 can only be filed and submitted by an authorized company that have been verified and appointed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Just like any other professional services, the quality of service matters. Especially when it comes to processing legal documents on your behalf.
The company you choose to act as a designated agent matters! They should be available to receive legal documents on your behalf, and quickly yet accurately forward them to you. The wrong agent may be unavailable, overlook details or even forward documents to the wrong person which can result in punishment for you and your business. At the end of the day, you and your company are responsible if you don’t respond to a legal issue in a timely manner. Avoid penalties, default judgments, and even dissolution by trusting an FMCSA Processing Agent to promptly and correctly handle your important legal and state documents. Our experienced team will keep track of crucial notifications to you from all 50+1 designated agents in order to avoid complicating the operations of your business and its compliance tasks.
Just like any other professional services, the BOC-3 filing is a continues service. After we file your BOC-3 with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration we will become your appointing agent in all 50 states and Washington DC to receive legal paperworks on your behalf in case your company or someone in your company is being served, and therefore, we charge a $20 annual fee to represent you throughout the US, and to receive legal paperworks on behalf of your company.
When it comes to BOC-3 filing, the prices that you can be charged for varies. You might be attracted to purchase BOC-3 service from companies that charge a one-time fee, but you want to be careful, and you might want to do your research before committing to these companies. Make sure to read their Terms of Service Policy, and ask for it in writing to see how they provide their services. These companies do not manage the individual agents that they assign to you under the BOC-3 filing. If your company gets served with any paperworks, you will have to deal with those agents individually. Those agents also make their money at that time, which means you will pay a lot more in order to get your documents forwarded to you.
We are the #1 BOC-3 provider that works directly with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. We are the first one listed on their website, and unlike other companies that rely on telemarketing to get their new customers, we get all of our clients through referrals from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and our current and existing clients. Therefore, we can provide our professional services at a much lower cost.
The change of legal name or your physical address on file will cause the BOC-3 to expire immediately. When you file your BOC-3 with us, as long as you are in compliance with your yearly fees, we will refile your BOC-3 free of charge after a name change or address change. But keep in mind that it would be your responsibility to notify us in case of any change. Also make sure for the changes to go through first before you request your BOC-3 to be refiled.