BOC-3 Process Agent Designation

A BOC-3 process agent is a representative designated to receive legal documents on behalf of a transportation company.

Motor carriers are required to appoint a process agent for each state in which they operate. Brokers are required to appoint a process agent in each state in which they write contracts and have a physical location. Companies may appoint a process agent for individual states or appoint a blanket process agent that covers every state.

Process agents are appointed by filing Form BOC-3 with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Only process agents and freight brokers that do not operate commercial motor vehicles may file Form BOC-3. Motor carriers must have a BOC-3 filed by a process agent on their behalf. Companies should list all states for which designations are required on Form BOC-3. In addition, companies must retain a copy of Form BOC-3 for their records at their principal place of business.

Form:

Form BOC-3: Designation of Agents for Service of Process

Agency Fee:

There is no application fee.

Notes:

A signed copy of the BOC-3 must also be submitted in each state where an agent is designated. Motor carriers must have their BOC-3 submitted by a process agent. Freight brokers that do not operate commercial motor vehichles can submit their own BOC-3.

Fact Checked:6/27/17

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