Wednesday, July 22, 2015

BOC-3: Everything You Need to Know

If you’re a trucker and you plan to operate in interstate commerce, you will be required to file a BOC-3. If you’re asking yourself what in the world a BOC-3 is, don’t fret. Stay tuned, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the BOC-3, and how you can get it filed today.

What is a BOC-3?

A BOC-3 is a federal form that designates legal agents upon which process may be served. It stands for “blanket of coverage,” and is often required before federal operating authorities can be granted within the United States.

A BOC-3 is typically filed after an MC# has been issued in order to obtain interstate operating authority. The BOC-3 form is submitted to the FMCSA, and is used to designate process agents in each state where your business operates.

Process service agencies are third-party companies capable of granting BOC-3 filings. All process agencies must employ or lease the services of individuals or entities in each state, and must be registered with the FMCSA in order to grant a BOC-3. Each process agent acts as your representative for that state, and accepts all legal documents or court papers that may be served to your business. The agent then forwards those documents to you, and can advise you on how to proceed according to the laws in your state.

How to File Your BOC-3:

To file your BOC-3, you can file it yourself or have a process agent file on your behalf with the FMCSA. The completed form must include all states for which agency designations are required. If you are having your form done by a process agent, that agent must be designated for each state in which the carrier, broker, or freight forwarder operates.

Once the form is finished, the original signed copy must be filed with the FMCSA, and a copy should be filed with each state where the operation is conducted. One copy must also be kept by the carrier, broker, or freight forwarder at its principal place of business. If for any reason you need to change your designation, you will need to file a new form BOC-3 with the FMCSA. When this is done, copies of the new form will only need to be sent to states affected by the change or new filing.

How We Can Help:

Filing your BOC-3 can be a little tricky, and you’re probably wondering, how am I supposed to find a processing agent? Well, we’ve got some good news for you; we are BOC-3 certified! Not only can we obtain your MC# for you, but we can take care of the BOC-3 at the same time. Or, if you already have your MC#, we can complete your BOC-3 form in less than five minutes! Don’t believe us? Well then give us a call at 803.386.0320, and start your stopwatch! If you have any questions about our services, you can call us or send us an email at

We will also be hosting a webinar this week on how to file Form 2290 with us over the phone. To register for the webinar, click here and enter in your first and last name, along with your email address. The webinar will be taking place on Thursday July 23, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET.

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