FMCSA wants paperwork up-to-date, threatens loss of authority

| Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Call it catching up on end-of-the-year book keeping if you want.

But no matter what you do call it, truckers with their own authority need to make sure their Designation of Process Agent (Form BOC-3) is current with the FMCSA, or risk having their authority suspended.

FMCSA began sending letters recently to carriers that did not have a current process agent filing on record with the administration.

The agency said in the letter that truckers, as well as large carriers, with their own authority must be in continuous compliance with 49 U.S.C. § 13303 and/or 13304 and 49 CFR 366 for the operating rights registration to remain effective.

The letter only gives the recipient 30 days to file a new designation of process agents with the FMCSA. OOIDA Business Services department provides this as a free service to members.

Failure to comply with the requirements can result in civil penalties up $500 per day and or/revocation of your motor carrier authority.

Doreen Weakley of OOIDA Business Services department also pointed out that you might not receive the letter if you have moved or changed your address. But, she encouraged all owner-operators with their own authority to verify that they are in full compliance with a current BOC-3 on file with the FMCSA.

“Just because you didn't get a letter doesn't mean your BOC-3 is current,” she said. “It's better to be safe than find out you've been revoked.”

To verify if you are in full compliance, you can call FMCSA at (202) 358-7000.

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