What is a BOC-3?
One of the three requirements when obtaining interstate operating
authority is designation of agents for service of process in each state in
which a motor carrier is authorized to operate. These regulations are
found at 49 C.F.R. §366. Service of Process Agents provides motor
carriers and brokers with authorized attorneys who act as their agents in
fact in each state in compliance with this requirement. We make the
filing with the FMCSA which is necessary for you to get and keep your
authority. We have an annual subscription fee for our service and provide you
with a list of the agent attorneys. If you have any questions concerning state
law issues, you can contact our designated agent in the appropriate state.
The reason for the designation of agent requirement is so that an
authorized person can receive suit papers in that state on your behalf.
For example, if you are an Oklahoma carrier and someone wants to sue
you in New York, you have to have a knowledgeable attorney in New
York who can receive those papers for you, send them to you and
instruct you and your local attorney in the procedures for filing an
Unlike the majority of our competitors, all of our agents are practicing
attorneys specializing in representing the transportation industry. If you
need legal assistance in any state, our agents can help where others cannot.
At SPA, we take pride in our service, and our 3,000 clients will agree that
we are the best in this field. We have the answers to your questions!
While the attorney agent appointed
by our service may be used for compliance with the FMCSA, neither SPA nor its agents hold out to accept
service of process pursuant to designation requirements imposed by
any state as part of state designation requirements for doing business
in any particular jurisdiction. SPA clients are cautioned to obtain prior
written approval from any of attorney agent for SPA before appointing him/her
as an agent for service of process pursuant to state qualification statutes.
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