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Providing the motor carrier industry with attorneys to act as resident agents since 1979!

What are BOC-3 process agents and why are they needed?

Under the rules of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, all registered carriers, brokers, and forwarders must file Form BOC-3 to designate a process agent in each state for service of legal documents. The BOC-3 and insurance must be current to ensure your authority remains active and in compliance with the FMCSA.

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Process agents are needed in order to meet federal requirements that regulated parties can be served with suit papers in any state in which they are authorized to operate. In appointing an agent, you are doing more than listing someone’s name who can send you suit papers upon receipt. You are appointing someone you do not know as your agent-in-fact for binding your company with service of process and the entry of default judgments against you unless you respond in a timely manner. That is the reason you need to ensure that your actual resident agent and the blanket provider understand the importance and immediacy of ensuring you are timely served and properly advised of your legal rights.

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