What is a Process Agent?
The process agent is the person who can be served with papers if there is a proceeding filed against a motor carrier. The company must designate a process agent in each state where it hauls or does business.
Companies can also select a blanket company to represent them as their process agent across every state. If you cross a number of state lines on a regular basis, then it makes sense to get this type of blanket of coverage agent.
How to Designate a Process Agent
Once you’ve decided on a process agent, the process agent will file Form BOC-3 (designation of Process Agent) with the FMCSA.
A copy of the BOC-3 must be kept on file at the motor carrier. Motor carriers should also have a copy on file in each state where they do business.
Assistance Finding a BOC-3 Process Agent
If you are not familiar with FMCSA requirements, it can be confusing and even frustrating to make sure that you’re completely in compliance with their regulations. The BOC-3 form should be filled out accurately and in a timely fashion. You want to make sure all the information is correct to avoid incurring penalties from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. That’s why many motor carriers choose to enlist blanket and process agent company services to help them get their forms filed.
When you trust Operating Authority Services with these tasks, you can feel confident you are compliant with FMCSA regulations. We take care of small things you may not know how to handle, such as:
- Refiling to keep your information current
- Filing of address or name changes
- Verifying all information is accurate on your forms
Operating Authority Services can consult your motor carrier company on where you’ll need a designated process agent. We can help you not only find a process agent, but make sure that the BOC-3 form gets filed in a timely manner.
Wouldn’t it be easier to entrust all that to one place instead of trying to track down the information yourself or keep track of due dates alongside all the other things you must do to keep your business running? Operating Authority Services eliminates these duties from your busy workload. This frees you up to handle the scheduling, routing and communication that’s vital to running a successful truck carrier.
Let Operating Authority Services Handle Your Blanket and Process Agent Services
Put someone else in charge of managing your process agents. By getting the support you need for these tasks, your company will run more efficiently. We will monitor any need for new filings. We have experience handling these duties and know what questions to ask to get the forms filled out correctly and on time. We recognize the reasons why FMCSA needs this information and we save you from having to worry about it.
Whatever the size of your motor carrier, you can become more effective for your clients when you have more time to devote to their needs. Operating Authority Services helps free you up to spend that time on them instead of worrying about whether an electronic form was transmitted on time or a piece of paper made it into the right mailbox. Contact us to see how we can assist with your BOC-3 forms, today!
Operating Authority Services can also handle the filing of other U.S. DOT and FMCSA papers as well– Learn More!