In general, all companies doing the following must have an MC number in addition to the DOT number.
Unlike the USDOT system, a company may need to obtain multiple operational authorizations to support all intended business operations. It is then the responsibility of the operating authorities to dictate the type of operation a person in a company performs and the cargo they may carry.
BOC-3 (Designation of Agents for Service of Process) is one of the requirements for securing operating authority and maintaining an active interstate operating status.
A BOC-3 form gives your carriers, for-hire truckers, brokers or freight forwarders a legal presence in any state where they operate. All for-hire truckers, brokers or freight forwarders must file a BOC-3 form with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) before their Authority is issued. Only a process agent has authority to file the BOC-3 form.
The BOC-3 form must include all states for which agency designations are required. The carrier or broker must keep a copy at its principal place of business.
The "BOC" stands for "blanket coverage." A BOC-3 form gives your carrier, for-hire truckers, brokers or freight forwarders a legal presence in any state where they operate.
One of the key requirements for obtaining interstate operating authority for your trucking company is to file a current BOC-3 form with the federal government. Without BOC-3, you will not have the authority to operate and maintain an active interstate operating status.
Only a process agent is entitled to accept service of legal documents on behalf of your company. The FMCSA requires that you have a process agent in each state through which you travel or do business.