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What forms do I complete to become a broker?

Brokers must register with the FMCSA by filing the OP-1 Application for Motor Property Carrier and Broker Authority. After the MC Number has been assigned, to complete the application process, brokers must also take the following steps:

  • For brokers of property: Proof of Insurance Coverage: a Surety Bond or Trust Fund Agreement (Form BMC-85) in the amount of $75,000
  • For brokers of household goods: Proof of Insurance Coverage: a Surety Bond or Trust Fund Agreement (Form BMC-84) in the amount of $75,000
  • Form BOC-3, Designation of Process Agent Form (brokers may designate themselves as their own process agents in the State in which they are writing contracts)
  • Application processing fee: $300 (non-refundable)
  • Application processing time: Approximately 4-6 weeks

There are several ways to file for authority:

  • Online: You can begin the online registration process for an MC number on our web site. This process requires a credit card.
  • By mail: Once you have completed the OP-1 form, you must print the completed form and mail it to the address indicated on the form
  • Request the form by phone: You can call 800-832-5660 to have a form mailed to you. Once you have completed the form, you can mail it to the address indicated on the form
  • (Note: Effective October 2013 all bonds for brokers increased to $75,000.00)

Last Updated : May 6, 2014